Auxiliary donates thousands to Barton hospital
Barton Memorial Hospital auxiliary recently donated $162,825 to Barton Memorial Hospital for the year 2002. This is an increase of $8,000 over the previous year. Many activities by numerous volunteers contributed to the donation for the purchase of equipment at the hospital.
In 2002, Sharon Sabol and the late Jeanne Williams were co-chairs of the gift shop, which is in the lobby of the hospital. Volunteers kept the shop open to serve employees and hospital guests seven days a week. Their contribution to the total gift was $39,200.
The Attic, a shop of donated items, contributed $114,175 to make the total of $162,826. These included the Holiday Faire, book fairs and the Attic fashion show. On Aug. 8, 2003 the Attic fashion show will take place at Barton Memorial Hospital, and in 2003 the famous cheeseballs will return after their absence last year.
Fund-raising is not the only activity of the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Many members provide service to the community through the auxiliary. The volunteers at the front desk and in the emergency room assist staff in caring for patients and visitors. The Community Blood Bank, chaired by Pat Amundson, accepts blood donations five times a year at the El Dorado County Library. Volunteers serve on the safety committee at the hospital, assist the foundation with clerical chores and do clerical work for the health fairs and flu clinics. Each year, scholarships are given at the local high schools and Lake Tahoe Community College.
New members are always welcome to help with these many activities. The dues payment for active members is $10 per year. Other membership requirements are attendance at an orientation and confidentiality training as well as the purchase of the regulation uniform. Five luncheon meetings take place each years. The luncheon will be a special historical meeting April 7 to honor the many volunteers. Guests are always welcome.
For more information on membership call Linda LaFavor Coyle at (530) 542-2366.
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