A new Oktoberfest event encourages patrons to toast their health, while promoting health in the community.

The St. Clare Auxiliary is planning an Oct. 16 fundraiser that will combine a traditional German meal with beer, wine and songs led by the Barabrew Wisconsing Beer Choir.

“We’re really excited about that,” said Judy Spencer, one of the event’s organizers.

The Auxiliary raises money for scholarships for local students pursuing health care careers, as well as equipment for Baraboo’s hospital. In recent years the group has bought a $16,000 fetal monitor for the Emergency Department and $50,000 in mammography equipment. “We’re trying to help purchase these items, and most of them have a pretty big price tag on them,” said Darlene Otto, another of the event’s organizers.

Next the Auxiliary hopes to buy a breast mass detection system, an effort people buying $45 tickets to Oktoberfest can support. “It really is affecting the quality of health care right here in our community,” said Julia Randles, director of the SSM Health St. Clare Foundation.

“We’re very fortunate to have them,” Randles said of the Auxiliary’s volunteers, “and we’re very fortunate that the equipment they have purchased keeps people here in Baraboo vs. having to go to Madison for appointments.”

Oktoberfest will be held at Baraboo Arts Center. Quindt’s Towne Lounge chef Anthony Teasdale and staff will serve a four-course meal featuring German cabbage rolls; beer, bratwurst and cheese soup; pork tenderloin medallions with sauerkraut; and German chocolate cake with Bavarian cream. Beer from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. and Fawn Creek wine will be paired with each course, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Tickets must be purchased by Monday. They’re available at Corner Drug Store, the hospital’s Unique Boutique gift shop, and the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

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