The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary Needs your Help

The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary (DCMCA) needs your help. The Angel Ball, hosted each December by the Auxiliary, is one of the two signature fund-raising events the Auxiliary holds each year. The Auxiliary awards 100 percent of the donations from this popular holiday event to graduating high school students planning to pursue a healthcare profession and current students continuing their education in a healthcare field.

Angel Ball is the Auxiliary’s only fund-raising initiative for the scholarship program. “Unfortunately, we had to cancel this year’s Angel Ball due to our concerns for the health and welfare of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cheryl Wederquist, Auxiliary President Elect. “If we don’t find other avenues to solicit donations, we won’t be awarding these much-deserved and badly needed scholarships in 2021. That would be a sad first in the almost 66 years the Auxiliary has been awarding these scholarships.”

From Auxiliary records, the first scholarship was awarded to Judy Antonissen in 1956. It was $500. In 1964 the amount increased to $800 and was awarded to Diane Wagner. This year alone, Deb Hogan, who leads the selection and award process, awarded $33,000 in $1000 and $2000 scholarships to 21 students. Over the years, many of the recipients have returned to work in Door County. “Since graduating from RN school seven years ago, I worked on the Medical/Surgical floor, then I moved to Clinic RN, and then started a new position for DCMC program called Care Management,” said Calle Stenzel-Kring, DCMC RN Care Manager. “I love my Care Management position; it’s very rewarding. I received the Auxiliary Scholarship right before starting RN school in April 2012. I am very appreciative for the scholarship from the Auxiliary and always try to support their fundraisers!”

Mollie Petersen is one of the newest additions to the DCMC. Mollie received a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. She moved her family back to Door County and started on the surgical team in September. Of the scholarship she received in 2006, she said, “The generosity of the donors to the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary helped me attend Marquette to become a physician’s assistant. I have been practicing since 2011 and I can’t imagine a career more fulfilling than one taking care of patients.”

Meghan Linden, a Physician Assistant in DCMC Acute Care Medicine wrote, “As I have grown, learned, and gained experience in my professional and personal life, I am constantly reminded that everything ripples and is connected. The Auxiliary's scholarship opportunity not only financially helped but more importantly helped bolster my confidence, as it was confirmation of their belief in my ability to succeed in medicine. As in life, actions of others, not only affect how someone sees themselves within the world but also how one navigates his/her world.  Thank you to the Auxiliary for recognizing my potential, granting me a scholarship and ultimately helping to shape me into the practitioner I am today.  I and my patients are grateful and appreciative.”

Rachel Mallien has been an employee at DCMC since 2007. “I started in the clinic as a Medical Assistant while I was attending NWTC for Nursing. Once I passed my Nursing boards, I started working on the Medical/Surgical floor of the hospital and have currently been in the ICU for six years. I went back to school for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2017. With the assistance of the hospital tuition reimbursement program and the Auxiliary scholarship, I was able to complete my BSN degree in a year and a half completely debt free. I am thankful to DCMC and the Auxiliary for the opportunity to complete my bachelors training quickly and without accruing debt!”

Monica Guilette received a DCMC Auxiliary scholarship in 2019. “The scholarship allowed me to pursue the Physical Therapy Assistant program at NWTC. I am currently still enrolled and hoping to complete my training in two years. This training will enhance my skills as a massage therapist and allow me to provide exceptional bodywork as well as be an asset in the rehabilitation department as physical therapy assistant.”

Monica is not the only person in her family to receive a scholarship. Her daughter, Katie Guilette received the Auxiliary scholarship multiple years in a row. “These scholarships helped me substantially in pursuing my bachelor’s degree in radiology at Bellin College. Dealing with the stress of my difficult classwork is one thing but easing the financial burden with these scholarships allowed me to be more involved in school.” Katie currently works in DCMC radiology.

Dr Annika Paulsen O.D., an optometrist who works with her father at Door County Eye Associates, was awarded a scholarship in 2017 and again in 2018. “The DCMC Auxiliary scholarships gave me the freedom to focus my energy on my studies and allowed me to work less while pursuing my optometry degree. I was able to devote more of my energy to learning important information that would benefit my patients. As a Sturgeon Bay native, I knew I wanted to return to Door County, but the support I received from the community, especially the Auxiliary scholarship, helped me realize what a special place this is. I really appreciate that the Auxiliary encourages locals to pursue higher education in the medical field so that we can maintain a fantastic network of healthcare professionals in Door County.”

Auxiliary Member as Door MonitorJennifer Vandertie is one of this year’s recipients and this is her second scholarship from the Auxiliary. Jennifer is pursuing a physical therapy degree from UW Green Bay. Jennifer, never one to be idle, also volunteered at the DCMC as a door monitor while she awaited her studies to continue this fall.

If you would like to help further the education of our community’s next generation of healthcare workers and heroes, please send your check to: Volunteer Coordinator, DCMC Foundation, 1843 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or donate at, Giving and Volunteering, Auxiliary Donations. This is a great time and a great way to support your community ‘and help Angels get their wings.’

Search our blog

Popular Tags

3D Mammography   75   75th   acid reflux   addiction   adrc   advance directive   Affective   alcohol   Algoma   Algoma Community Wellness Center   als   alzheimer's disease   Ambassador   American College of Healthcare Executives   Angel Ball   anniversary   antibody treatment   anti-bullying   apnea   art   art for health   art gallery   arthritis   athlete   athletic edge camp   athletic trainer   Auxiliary   award   awards   Awareness   back   behavioral health   bill   bone marrow transplant   Bravo   Breast Cancer Awareness Month   breast cancer prevention   breastfeeding   Brian   brussels sprout slaw   Burkitt Leukemia   C.H.I.P.   cancer   cardiac   cardiopulmonary services   care manager   cataracts   catholic   catholic sisters   Celebrate Community   celebration   center   Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   ceremony   certification   childcare   children   CHNA   cold flu prevention   colon cancer   colonoscopy   community   community health   Community outreach   Coronavirus   COVID 19   COVID-19 booster   COVID-19 vaccine   critical access hospital   CT scanner   cyberbullying   da Vinci robot   da Vinci Surgical System   daisy award   Daylight Savings Time   DCMC   DCMC Auxiliary   DCMC staff   dementia   dental clinic   dentist   depot   depression   dermatology   diabetes   diagnostic imaging   Diana Wallace   diet   directcare   Disorder   dogs   Domestic Violence Awareness   donate   donor   Door County   Door County CARES   door county half marathon   Door County Meals Cooperative   door county schools   Door County Triathlon   Door County YMCA   Door Healthy Weight Center   Door Orthopedic Center   Dr. Daniel Tomaszewski   Dr. Elizabeth Gaida   Dr. Mark Jordan   Dr. Michael St. Jean   Dr. Reisner   Dr. Rory Johnson   Dr. Shaun Melarvie   drive-through clinic   e-cigs   economic impact   economy   Edge 3D   Education   emergency department   employee art   employment   environment   environmental stewardship   exercise   eye surgery   fair   Family   family medicine   family practice   farmer's market   first responders   fitness   five   five star hospital   Florence Nightingale   flu   foot   foot pain   Foundation   fundraiser   gallery   gardening   general surgery   Gerald   GERD   gynecological procedures   handwashing   happy holidays   head   health   health insurance   health tips   healthcare   healthcare career   healthcare decisions   healthcare leader   healthcare leaders   healthy eating   heart   heart healthy   heart-attack   heartburn   Heartburn and Reflux Center   Help Our Heroes   hernia   hernia screening   hip replacement   history   HOPELINE   hospice   hospital   House and Garden Walk   HPV   Human Kindness Project   immunization   infant   insomnia   insurance workshop   international overdose awareness day   internships   job   job openings   jody boes   joint replacement   June   kelsie ladick   kids   Kids' health   kim   knee replacement   Lab Drive-Thru   LEAP   lice   life   LifeAssist   living will   luke spude   lyme disease   mammography   marinara sauce   medical services   medication   memory   memory clinic   memory loss   men's health   men's health month   mental health   mental illness   milk   ministry   ministry fund   mission and values   MRI   National Donate Life Month   national heath decisions day   national hospital week   National Nurses Week   National Organ Donation Day   National Women’s History Month   navigator   New Year   newborn   news   no surprise act   non-profits   North Shore Medical Clinic   Northeast Wisconsin Technical College   novel coronavirus   nurse   nursing   nursing excellence   nursing program   nutrition   nwtc   obesity   OB-GYN   open house   ophthalmologist   opioid   OPSU   organ   organ donor   orthopedics   outpatient surgery   outreach   pap test   patient   patient care   patient financial services   Patti Balestrieri   Paula Hobart   pediatrics   pelvic health   pets   physical activity   physical therapy   plastic surgery   podiatrist   post exercise tips   PRC   Prevea   prevention   primary care   Providers   race   recipe   recovery   recruitment   reflux   rehab services   resolutions   respiratory illness   robotic surgery   rotator cuff repair   RSV   running   rural   rural healthcare   SAAM   SAD   safe haven   scholarship   scholarships   school   School Nursing   Seasonal   senior life solutions   senior therapy   Seniors   services   sexual assault   Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner   Shop and Dine Day   Sister Bay   Sister Bay Clinic   skilled nursing   skilled nursing facility   skin cancer   Sleep   sleep disorder   sleep lab   smoking   snf   social justice   sparc   specialty providers   sports   sports medicine   sports training   St. Francis   star   state-of-the-art   Stephens   stroke patients   studer group   suicide awareness   suicide awareness month   suicide prevention   summer   summer programs   sun care   surgery   sweet dreams   swiggum   technology   Teen health   Teens   telemedicine   teleNICU   telepediatrics   The Angel Ball   The Community's Garden   The Healing Project   therapy   ticks   tissue donor   to   tooth fairy   training tips   Treatment   triathlon   urgent care   vaccination   vaccinations   vaccine   vaping   virtual appontments   virtual visit   vision   vlog   volunteers   wall   Washington Island   wellness   Wendy Ulrikson   women's center   women's health   work injuries   world breastfeeding week   Worrick   wound care   years   YMCA   youth workshops