Nearly 50 members of the Lowell General Hospital Auxiliary and hospital leadership attended the Auxiliary’s annual meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro.
The Auxiliary is a group of volunteers and supporters of the hospital who work year-round to hold events and raise funds to support the services and care provided by Lowell General Hospital. The group also operates the gift shops at the main and Saints campuses.
This year, the main campus gift shop was re-designed to provide space for the addition of an adjacent pharmacy service. Auxiliary President Susan Dionne thanked the entire Gift Shop Committee – Mary Bennett, Pauline Lambert, Paula Leavitt, Suzanne L’Hussier, Deb Lemos and Deb Trull – for their help and guidance during the renovation.
The Auxiliary also presented Lowell General Hospital President and CEO Jody White with a check for $125,000, part of the group’s four-year $500,000 pledge to the main campus Intensive Care Unit renovation and expansion and of the adjacent outdoor healing garden. Jody thanked the auxiliary for their continued support as well as their partnership with the creation of the new Gift Shop/Pharmacy space.
Flowers were presented to Sarah Taylor and Maria Doherty of the Gift Shop for their patience and dedication to the gift shop, as well as Lowell General Philanthropy Manager Kelly Will for her year-long support.
Daffodils and Desserts Co-Chairs Pauline Lambert and Mary Bennett presented the proceeds of their March event to Meg Lemire-Berthel and Elisa Shanahan of the Cancer Center. The record breaking net proceeds of $6,400 were used to purchase new chairs for the Cancer Center Infusion Room and Market Basket gift cards to provide holiday meals to patients in treatment.
After lunch, attendees were treated to a Spring Capsule Wardrobe collection presented by Macy’s InStylist Jacqueline Holdredge Palmer, who gave tips on the latest fashions for the spring and summertime. She also created a pop-up shop where auxiliary members could purchase handbags, accessories and cosmetics at a discount. Macy’s also provided gift bags for all guests.