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Starry Nights shine for Plumas Health Care Foundation

The Plumas Health Care Foundation and its community of supporters celebrated their 12th annual Starry Mountain Nights on Sept. 23 at the Morrison Ranch Barn, hosted by Oran and Michelle Morrison for the first time.

With American Valley as the backdrop, the event drew approximately 175 guests from all corners of Plumas County. Sierra Blanton-Rader, the Foundation’s executive director, welcomed both long-standing supporters and new faces, all rallying behind the Foundation’s mission.

“This year’s turnout exceeded our expectations while surpassing previous fundraising records,” she said.

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Guests were treated to two musical  groups that included The Thursday Candy Pickers, who set the tone during social hour. Buck Ford and his extraordinary band ignited a post-dinner dance frenzy, leaving very few attendees in their seats.

Dinner was dubbed “five stars” by Fire Chief Frank Carey. It was catered by a group of Plumas District Hospital volunteers and grilling masters Billy Melms and Tim Kelley. To conclude the meal on a sweet note, cobblers and pies were crafted by Susan Oleari Ushakoff, the owner of Bell Lane Baked Goods.

JoDee Read, CEO of Plumas District Hospital, extended heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support of donors and the Foundation in serving the hospital district’s patients. She addressed the challenges ahead, including a state-mandated seismic upgrade. “This is a journey we must undertake together,” she said.

Blanton-Rader expressed her deep appreciation for this year’s sponsors, a vital part of the event’s success. Sponsors included Sierra Pacific Industries, Cal-Sierra Title, Plumas Bank, Care Flight, Mountain Building Supply, Plumas District Hospital, Flanigan-Leavitt, Carey Candy Co., Edward Jones – Kris Kurpijuweit, Stevie James Events, Senior Life Solutions, Mt. Huff Golf Course, Quincy Courtyard Suites, Riley’s Jerky, and Bill and Sue Wickman.

“The community’s investment in the healthcare of its residents is both inspiring and essential for the future of our rural healthcare communities,” Blanton-Rader said.

The future of the foundation will be focusing largely on assisting PDH to meet its goals to support the skilled nursing facility, alternative birthing center and the seismic upgrades imposed by the state.

For information on how to get involved, please contact Blanton-Rader at 530.283.7127 or email

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