Fundraising event will include live music, family activities and food

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FARMINGTON — An evening of live music, family activities and food is planned when the second annual Neighborfest fundraiser takes place this weekend in Farmington.

Performances by Black Velvet and Desert Thunder are planned. Cornhole games will be available, and the Red Rocks Roadhouse and Primal Swine food truck will offer food for sale. Clancy’s Irish Pub and Cantina will operate a cash bar.

The event is designed to raise funds for the Basin Good Neighbor Foundation of the Basin Health Companies, with the funds being used to cover the costs of palliative care services for uninsured or underinsured people with terminal illness. .

Thomas Buoy, marketing and communications specialist for Basin Health Companies, said the inaugural version of Neighborfest held last year was a success, drawing around 250 people to Wines of the San Juan, where he stood, and raising around $4,000.

“We wanted to try a different venue this year,” Buoy said, explaining that organizers hope holding the event in Farmington this year will help draw a bigger crowd.

Buoy said the foundation, which was established in 2018 by Basin Health Companies CEO and owner Vince Moffitt, has seen demand for its services in northwestern New Mexico increase steadily since its inception. He said anyone in financial difficulty who needs end-of-life care can contact the foundation for help, and their care provider need not be the basin health companies.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.5% of San Juan County residents are uninsured — a figure higher than the 11.2% of New Mexicans overall who are not covered by the 10.4% of ‘Uninsured Americans, According to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those who wish to support the foundation’s mission but will not be able to attend this weekend’s event can make a one-time or recurring donation through the foundation’s website, Buoy said. The foundation is also looking for volunteers to provide assistance in areas that are often not covered by insurance, including taking care of pets and plants, running errands and doing household chores, offering friendship or companionship to customers and performing community outreach activities, according to the website.

Neighborfest is supported by a grant from the Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation, with that funding used to compensate bands performing, Buoy said.

Neighborfest kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 at the Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater, 5800 College Blvd. in Farmington. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at bassingoodneighbor.org. Call 505-325-8231 for more information.

Mike Easterling can be reached at 505-564-4610 or [email protected] Support local journalism with a digital subscription: http://bit.ly/2I6TU0e.

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