Eat tacos this Friday and raise money to support the free medical services clinic in Pahrump

Pahrump Valley residents who love tacos as well as charitable contributions have the chance to indulge in both this Friday, when the Remote Pahrump Area Medical Committee hosts its second annual Taco Dinner fundraiser.

To benefit Remote Area Medical’s upcoming Pahrump Clinic, all proceeds from the Taco Dinner will be used to help offset the cost of hosting the large-scale healthcare event.

Remote Area Medical, better known as RAM, is an international non-profit organization founded in the 1980s by Stan Brock, whose own harrowing medical experience opened his eyes to a planetary need.

“My vision for Remote Area Medical developed when I suffered a personal injury while living among the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America,” Brock explained. “I was isolated from medical care, which was about 26 days away. I have witnessed the near devastation of entire tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses for more advanced cultures. When I left Guyana, I vowed to find a way to provide basic medical aid to people in inaccessible parts of the world.

What began as a simple vision is today an enduring legacy of the man who started it all. Brock may be deceased, but his mission continues in RAM and over the past three decades more than 888,500 people worldwide have been able to benefit from a wide range of medical services, completely free of charge.

RAM made their very first trip to Pahrump in 2016 and the response from the community has been so incredible that, although return visits for RAM are rare, the organization’s officials made the decision to make Pahrump a stop. regularly every year. It was partly because of the obvious need, but it wasn’t the only factor. Another reason RAM has persevered in hosting annual clinics in the valley is the unwavering support the organization receives from the local host group.

Created under the leadership of the NyE Communities Coalition, the Pahrump RAM Committee is a key component of the local RAM clinic. Without the efforts of its members, the Free Medical Services event simply could not take place. Always keen to find ways to raise money to support the event, the RAM committee began hosting fundraising dinners three years ago with a spaghetti meal. In 2021, the band switched to tacos and that theme continues this year as well.

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, the RAM Taco Dinner fundraiser will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Electric Conference Center, 800 E. Highway 372.

Advance tickets are $6 each. Tickets at the door will cost $10. Meals can be eaten in or ordered to take away.

In addition to the meal, there will be plenty of raffle prizes to tempt participants. Raffle tickets are one for $2, three for $5, eight for $10, or 20 for $30.

Tickets for the dinner and raffle can be obtained at the NyE Communities Coalition main office, 1020 E. Wilson Road or by contacting RAM Committee Member Ryan Muccio at 702-672-6559.

For more information about RAM, visit www.RAMUSA.org

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at [email protected]