Auxiliary works to make mammograms a better experience; upcoming tournament to raise more for future projects

 

YORK – The York General Auxiliary continues to work toward helping improve this community’s health care experiences and offerings, through their volunteer efforts and fundraising.

Their most recent donation was to purchase new robes and paintings for the mammogram area at the hospital.

The soft pink robes women can wear during their appointments are a definite plus, as well as the beautiful soothing artwork which surely can help individuals take their minds off the procedure.

They raised the funds through their first annual women’s golf tournament last September.

Morgan Peterson, who was on the auxiliary board last year and is now the director of marketing and engagement at York General, said, the auxiliary has “a strong desire to give back to something for women, as the tournament was an all-woman tournament. Our goal for the roads and painting was to make a ‘not so desirable’ visit to have a mammogram the most comforting we possibly could. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Anything that we could do to help ease the pain and anxiety women have getting their mammograms done was something we wanted to help with. We knew the staff already went above and beyond to ensure the best experience for the women, so this was just one way we could help on our end.”

The Auxiliary is having its second annual golf tournament – to raise funds for another project – on Friday, Sept. 22. The event starts at 8:30 a.m., at the York Country Club. The tournament will be a 4-person scramble (4-person or 2-person team options are available). Team entry fees will include a welcome gift, light breakfast, lunch and carts. This is a women-only event.

Organizers also add, “Businesses and professionals are invited to contribute to the tournament through sponsorship opportunities or donations. It is through this generous support that we will be able to fund ongoing projects and events to support York General. In order to ensure contributors are recognized, we request any sponsorship or donation be made prior to Sept. 8.”

The following sponsorships are offered: event sponsor, $500; hole sponsor, $400; 4-person team, $300; 2-person team, $150.

They are also asking for monetary donations, flag prizes and raffle prizes.

To pledge sponsorships/donations or register a team, go to https://www.yorkgeneralauxiliary.org/events.

Auxiliary President Jill Montgomery said, “The funds raised from this year’s tournament will go toward new baby bassinets in the OB department. In the past, the Auxiliary had an annual golf tournament but it went by the wayside. To recruit new members, we came up with the idea of a ‘women only’ golf tourney geared toward women. Then in turn, we thought it would be nice to donate the funds raised to something women could benefit from at York General. Last year’s tournament raised $7,000.”

The Auxiliary is a non-profit organization of volunteers which has been serving the York community since 1957. The group’s goal is to enhance both patient and resident care, Montgomery said, “as well as to help bring the community the best in medical technology through fundraising and volunteer services.” They are committed to providing the “highest quality medical services in warm, personalized settings.” Group members also serve as “ambassadors between the hospital and the community.”

They work to increase community awareness and fundraising initiatives; organize small and large fundraising events; provide holiday gifts to Hearthstone and Willow Brook residents; and they provide Christmas ornaments for cancer survivors.

Joining Montgomery on the board are: Nancy Davidson, vice-president; Jenny Obermier, YGH representative; Terri Carlson, YGH board representative; Ashley Seaberg, treasurer; Cheryl Luebbe, secretary; Dawana Bolton, YG Hearthstone representative; Leah Lonsdale, membership; Maelyn Meisinger, public relations; Kelley Nelson, marketing; and Megan O’Hare, past president.

 

 

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