2008-10-30 / Family

Medical Center Auxiliary News

As summer ends the FCMC Auxiliary has been very busy with its traditional fund raising activities this time of year - the Fulton Fall Folk Festival in October and the Tree of Love Ceremony in December.

As in prior years during the Fall Folk Festival, the auxiliary sponsored a one-day crafts and bake sale along with a lunchtime meal of soups, sandwiches and desserts. Hospital staff and fall festival attendees enjoyed fresh, homemade goodies and did some early Christmas shopping. This was the first year for the sale at the new hospital so we were all a bit anxious, not knowing what kind of turnout to expect or how best to organize things in the new location. Although some people didn't get their first choice of soup or pie, we didn't hear any complaints. Instead those disappointed folks just said they would arrive earlier next time.

The Tree of Love Ceremony, which began in 1999, has become a highlight of the holiday season for many. For a donation of $5 each, tree lights are designated in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special family member, colleague or friend. This year the ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 7, at 5 p.m. in Fulton County Medical Center Activity Room. Light refreshments will be served. All will enjoy a truly memorable occasion as the names are read one by one by auxiliary members. The Fulton County News will have the information to make your donation by mail or you can pick up a brochure when you are at the Medical Center.

The cookie dough sale in July was so successful there is another one in November. A three-pound tub of Butcher Shoppe cookie dough sells for $13. With seven kinds of cookies to choose from, we are sure to have at least one of everyone's favorites. So be sure to contact an auxiliary member by November 7 to place your order. The cookie dough will be delivered on November 21 in time for Thanksgiving. It can be kept frozen for Christmas or anytime you have the urge for a special treat. So place your orders right away. Yard flags can be purchased for $5 each.

The auxiliary was pleased to sponsor the Women's Health Fair held at the Medical Center during the week of October 6. The lucky winners were Lanette Deneen (kitchen basket) and Beth Rezzetano (spa basket).

Many Fulton County residents already enjoy the crafts that the auxiliary offers throughout the year. The crocheted dishcloths and pot scrubbies in your choice of colors are always bestsellers. These and many other unique items will be available at the snack and craft bazaar to be held on Friday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the activities room at the Medical Center.

The funds we raise in these activities are used to support FCMC activities such as sponsoring the Women's Health Fair or contributing to the building fund. We recently pledged $20,000 to the Continuing the Dream Campaign for the Fulton County Medical Center Patient Services/ Admin Project. As volunteers, we also support activities organized for the long-term care residents. We help with the beauty shop two mornings a week as well as the special events that are scheduled during the year.

Annual dues are $5 for active and $10 for inactive members; a lifetime membership is $100 or more. Meetings are held about every two months. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 1, at 10 a.m. in the activities room. The officers are Betty Shelley, president; Jean McLucas, vice president; Nancy Younker, recording secretary; Sarah Gordon, corresponding secretary; and Carol Mellott, treasurer. Elaine Armstrong is membership chair.

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