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Published:   |   Updated: October 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM

SPRING HILL - Helping yourself to another serving of freshly made seasonal foods is easy, especially when it's helping others in need.

Thanks to the 90 attendees who paid $25 a head to attend a cooking demonstration Wednesday with Residence at Timber Pines' Executive Chef Michael Bokosky, 100 percent of the proceeds went to Crescent Community Clinic.

All in all, about $2,000 went to serving the health needs of Hernando County residents, and as for the donors: they got butternut squash and apple soup, strudels with fillo dough and turkey saltimboca.

"This is the first year we're doing it as a fundraiser," Bokosky said.

Al Sinder, volunteer business and fundraising consult at Crescent Community Clinic, said the clinic is 100 percent privately funded.

"Everybody there is a volunteer, so nobody gets paid, including the dentists, psychologists, hygienists - all of them," he said. "Hernando County gets back $118 in services for every dollar we receive. It's just outstanding somebody gives $100 and that's almost $11,800 for medical services."

Bokosky, who cooked three different recipes at the residence's Crystal Room, said Crescent Community Clinic is doing good outreach work.

"We wanted to help to be sure it could continue," he said.

The clinic has 36 doctors and five dentists, as well as nutritional and smoking cessation staff.

"The dental is a big thing. It's hard to get insurance on dental, so anybody 18 and older, up to 65, we provide free dental checkups, fillings, you name it," Sinder said. "Hernando County is not the most affluent county, especially when health statistics are involved, so we're filling a big gap here with the services that we volunteer."

For more information on services or to donate, go to http://crescent clinic.org or call (352) 610-9916.

mreinig@hernandotoday.com

(352) 544-5271

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