The Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary’s Christmas Luncheon was held in December at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. The event was attended by more than half of the Auxiliary’s 200+ members.
DCMC held the spotlight of the afternoon’s event. Maribeth Hetherington, Auxiliary President, and Bruce Shewchuk, Auxiliary President-Elect, presented three checks to DCMC. Kelli Bowling, DCMC Chief Culture Officer, accepted the checks on behalf of Brian Stephens, DCMC president and CEO. The first check for $333,150 represents the value of the Auxiliary’s 13,800 all-volunteer service hours during the 2019 calendar year. The $65,000 to DCMC’s Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care Center included proceeds from the 59th Annual House and Garden Walk held in July and other Auxiliary funding-raising events such as gift shop sales, the Collective Goods/Book Fair and The Nutman Company proceeds. In October, the Auxiliary was selected as the finalist during the 100+ Women Who Care of Northern Door quarterly meeting and received $10,000. The Auxiliary presented this third check to DCMC to help fund the installation of a dental facility in the new Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care Center. This in-house dental ability will facilitate residents receiving the dental care they require without having to be transported to a different facility.
DCMC Auxiliary is always looking for members who want to help make a difference in the health-care needs of our community members. An additional benefit of membership in this worthwhile group is meeting new friends, learning new skills and abilities, and seeing the smiles on those people you help. Opportunities to volunteer include the two annual signature fund-raising events, The House and Garden Walk, celebrating its 60th year in 2020, and Angel Ball in December which raises money for medical scholarships. Just some of the opportunities to work/volunteer in the Medical Center include — as an Ambassador Guide to greet people and answer questions as they arrive; help staff members and patients within the various clinics, Skilled Nursing Facility; and working in the beauty shop and gift shop. Other areas where help is needed include newsletter development, mailings, publicity, baking, sewing, and music. No requirement for a specific number of volunteer hours exists and you can work as many or as few as you want. Going out of the County for a lengthy period? Don’t let this stop you from becoming a member as there are always others to help fill in.
For more information about the Auxiliary and how you can become a member, visit dcmedical.org or talk to an Auxiliary member and pick up an application at the Doorway Gift Shop just inside the DCMC main entrance.