Published DateFRANKLIN — Members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently met to review initiatives of the past year and ways to best support the hospital and community services moving forward. Inspired by a long history of philanthropic projects and giving the group is always happy to welcome new ideas, new requests, and new members.
Held in November at Franklin Regional Hospital the Auxiliary's Annual Craft Fair raised just shy of $2,300. Each year the fair proves to be a great opportunity to purchase hand-made gifts and everything needed for the holiday season, while supporting local artists and crafters.
In early December the Auxiliary's not-to-miss fundraising event brings countless community members together for the annual Lights of Memory celebration. In its 29th year this past year's ceremony honored long-time friend Becky Ames and recognized loved ones. More than $2,000 was raised from this heartfelt event in 2012, with funds supporting the employee scholarship program.
The Gift Shop at Franklin Regional Hospital is a hidden gem in the town of Franklin. Run by volunteers the gift shop offers everything from flowers and cards to beautiful jewelry and unique gifts. As an extra incentive, every purchase supports important initiatives at Franklin Regional Hospital, ultimately benefitting patients and staff.
Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary is also involved in the Lifeline program – a community and FRH initiative that offers seniors in surrounding towns special access to emergency services. The Auxiliary is proud to donate the Lifeline service to select community members who may otherwise be restricted by financial barriers.
Auxiliary members very thoughtfully map out how to best spend the funds they have raised. They are proud to support community initiatives through events such as the Red Dress Gala; Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K; the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic; and members also support the hospital's involvement at Franklin Community Day. In addition, the Auxiliary has made a $5,000 Cornerstone Level gift to the LRGHealthcare Capital Campaign.
Aside from support of events and programs the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary has purchased crucial equipment for hospital departments over the past year. The most noteworthy purchases were state-of-the-art gifts of a bariatric scale (valued at $4,000) and two patient wheelchairs (total value of just over $4,000) at Franklin Regional Hospital.
Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary President Christine Dzujna (left) and Vice President Linda Finnie show off a state-of-the-art wheelchair which the Auxiliary purchased and donated to the Emergency Department at Franklin Regional Hospital. This is one of many ways the FRH Auxiliary gives back to their local hospital and community. (Courtesy photo)