(Dec. 19, 2017) The Auxiliary of Rush Oak Park Hospital, a group that organizes multiple fundraisers throughout the year for the benefit of the hospital and the surrounding community it services, recently donated brand new coats to the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society.
The Auxiliary, currently coordinated by Robin Rosen, president, Sharon Schroeder, treasurer, and Charlene Nickens, secretary, has been in existence since the early days of the hospital, more than a century. Throughout the year, the Auxiliary organizes and hosts numerous fundraising events for Rush Oak Park Hospital employees. For 2017 alone, the Auxiliary raised approximately $40,000 that went back into the hospital in the form of improvements as well as into the community through charity organizations, according to Rosen.
“We coordinate several small vender events throughout the year, plus a popular golf outing,” said Rosen, who works in medical imaging at the hospital. “The money raised has gone toward the purchase of medical equipment and toward small renovations to the hospital. We also hold gift card drawings during the holidays for employees, and, for the past few years, we have also been able to make donations to community organizations.”
New coats for Infant Welfare Society
From sales generated through vender events held at the hospital such as Carline Leathers, Books are Fun, Lionne Designs Jewelry, Nothing Bundt Cakes and others, the Auxiliary was able to donate new warm weather outer clothing to the Infant Welfare Society, a local organization committed to assuring the health and wellbeing of children. The Auxiliary was also able to make monetary donations to local food pantries.
“These events we organize for employees are an opportunity where everyone benefits: the employee, the hospital, and the community we serve,” said Rosen. “It’s a wonderful group to be a part of.”