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Hospital Auxiliary starts annual fundraising

Angel of Love sales to begin Nov. 1

October 23, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, For The Messenger , Messenger News

In sparkling, clear glass, the 2011 Angel of Love holds a star.

And that star could shine in memory of or in honor of a loved one for anyone who donates to the Trinity Regional Medical Center Auxiliary's annual campaign.

A suggested donation of $10 is asked for each angel, but more will glady be accepted, said LaVonne Jacobson, president of the Auxiliary and co-chairman with Pat Hill of the Angel of Love campaign.

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Angels of love are being offered as a fundraiser for the Trinity Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, with proceeds marked for the hospital’s new cancer center. To make a donation for an angel, stop by the TRMC gift shop.

Angels will be sold beginning Nov. 1, she said.

"People can order through forms from Auxiliary members or at the hospital gift shop," Hill said. "The angels also are available in the gift shop."

Kathy Moe, head of volunteer services at the hospital, and Nancy Faiferlick, manager of the gift shop, buy each year's Angel of Love at market. This year they ordered 70 dozen, and while that seems like a lot, Hill said, the angels go fast.

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A jewelry sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 3 near the door to the administration offices of Trinity Regional Medical Center. The sale, sponsored as a fundraiser by the hospital Auxiliary, is open to the public.

"Our angels have been different and unique each and every year, for 11 years," Moe said. "We know that many of our angels are part of a special and meaningful collection for our supporters, so they are chosen to be beautiful, lasting and unique."

At one time, these angels were hung on a Christmas tree in the hospital lobby, but that practice has changed. Now names are put on a board, either in memory of or in honor of a loved one of the person who bought it. A form must be filled out for each angel purchased, one angel to a form.

"We usually sell until they're gone or up until Christmas," Jacobson said.

All proceeds from the 2011 angel campaign will be donated to the new cancer center at the hospital to fulfill the Auxiliary pledge to match employee pledges. That's nearly half a million dollars.

Hospital gift shop and Lifeline proceeds also go toward the Auxiliary pledge, Jacobson said. "And we have smaller fundraisers. Book sales. Jewelry sales."

In fact, a jewelry sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in conference Room 3 near the door to the administration offices. The sale is open to the public.

In the past 10 years, Angels of Love have raised $56,000, helping to support equipment purchases and health endeavors.

Those would be the stereotactic breast biopsy unit for the Women's Center, a dialysis machine, Staxi wheelchairs, C-Arm X-ray machine for the Pain Center, intravascular ultrasound for the Cardiology Center, a new ambulance, the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home for two years, valet services, refurbish and reinstall original stained glass windows from the chapel and the cancer center.

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