The Norman Transcript


January 20, 2013

Beans that benefit



Since its inception 23 years ago, the Benefit Bean Dinner has raised more than $100,000 for Health for Friends.

“This year, the staff will set up a table with information about the agency and to thank everyone for their support,” Hardwick said. “I think people are anxious to help out with an agency like Health for Friends that has also been a part of the community for many years and done an amazing job of providing health care services to those who might not otherwise receive it. I know that there are lots of small businesses that bring all of their employees each year. Other businesses buy lots of tickets and distribute them to their employees.”

Brian Karnes, CEO of Health for Friends, said all of the money received from the benefit helps pay for prescriptions for Health for Friends patients who are least able to afford their medications.

“Members of our medical staff work with local pharmacies, pharmaceutical prescription assistance programs, $4 lists and generic drug lists in order to make the best use of every dollar donated to our Medical Voucher Program. This financial support makes a huge difference in our ability to help our low-income patients get well and stay well,” Karnes said.

Karnes is grateful for the support of the faith communities in and around Norman.

“That they help in this way year after year, what a great indicator that they know that the donations of the members of their congregations and parishes and communities are being put to good use helping people, and now children, have better lives, healthier lives, more hope,” Karnes said. “We really are just so grateful, as are our patients. Seeing people from all over Norman at the bean dinner, seeing how quickly people were ‘sharing’ the Facebook posts about the benefit, making plans to be there, it’s just great. It makes me very proud to be from Norman and to be associated with Health for Friends.”

For more information on the bean dinner, call 329-2192. Tickets can be purchased at the church office or at the door at no extra cost.

Shana Adkisson


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