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UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary donates $52,000

By WBNG News

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary donates $52,000

March 16, 2011 Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At their March meeting, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s board members presented a donation of $52,000 to Drake Lamen, president and chief executive officer of the hospital.

The donation will help to support the hospital’s breast care program.

Dr. Lamen stated, “I am always impressed by the dedication and hard work of our auxiliary. Their annual gift is very welcome and we
will put it to good use.”

This donation, the auxiliary’s largest in over a decade, was made possible through the many projects and fund-raising activities the auxiliary and volunteers engaged in during 2010.

In large part, the funding came from the hospital’s gift shop and the Pink Door.

Auxiliary president Marilyn Quinney explained that these two sources of income normally account for much of the auxiliary’s income.

In addition, the auxiliary has an annual membership drive and sponsors numerous fundraising activities including book sales, uniform sales, handbag sales, and its annual Breakfast with Santa, as well as a special holiday sale this past year.

The auxiliary also sponsors sales by the Cheese Man and the Nut Man in the hospital lobby, which benefit the hospital as well.

In 2010, the auxiliary collaborated with Milford Academy in an additional exciting and innovative fundraising event.

Members agreed that each of these events contributed to their ability to make their donation of $52,000, but the most successful of their endeavors has to be the Pink Door.

This store, which sells gently used merchandise, has increased its sales enormously since its expansion in 2009.

The chairperson of the Pink Door, Mary Bailey, stated, “Both our sales and our donations have increased considerably since the Salvation Army store closed and we expanded. The support from the public, both in donations and sales, has been incredible, and we thank everyone for their efforts on our behalf.”

For information about joining the Auxiliary or volunteering, contact Julie Clarke, Director of Volunteer Services, at (607)337-4151.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region.

Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

The organization consists of UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, UHS Senior Living at Ideal and UHS Home Care, and is affiliated with the UHS Medical Group and the UHS Foundation.