Niagara Gazette — The Auxiliary sponsored community forums on health education before the hospital took over the job utilizing the Community Health Worker Program and others. They do continue to provide volunteers for health education programs at Crestwood Commons every other month and to register people attending the bi-monthly programs on Memorial’s metabolic and bariatric services.
But their main thrust today is fundraising to benefit the hospital and they hold many different venues from the charity balls, Beir’s Days, card parties and teas that were popular in the early days.
The more recent boards have come up with some innovative ideas such as the annual Rock-a-thon, sweepstake raffle tickets, the Holiday Lighting with Love which gives you the opportunity to purchase an ornament made by the seniors at the Schoellkopf Health Center in memory of a loved one. This was so successful last year; they needed two trees in the lobby to accommodate all the memorial ornaments.
The Rock-a-thon held in April each year probably raises the most money from donations received from participants who rock in chairs in the upper lobby at the hospital for half-hour increments with each rocker soliciting pledges. The Auxiliary raised more than $7,000 at last year’s event.
My recent newsletter stated for the “first eight months of the year, a total of 316 Auxilians volunteered 7,182 hours, for an average of 23.5 hours a month. In 2011, the Auxiliary raised $47,121 for Memorial’s new patient and family learning center and for the Schoellkopf Health Center.
Doesn’t all this deserve a special cheer?Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.