Orange City Area Health System Receives Check For $50,000 From Its Auxiliary

Orange City Area Health SystemOrange City, Iowa — Orange City Area Health System has received a big check.

The hospital’s auxiliary presented a check for $50,000 to the health system during its February board meeting. The monies have been allocated to purchase new chairs for the hospital’s birth center/OB wing ($7,700); new tables for dinners, meetings, and lobby sales ($2,300); and to satisfy a portion of the Auxiliary’s $200,000 pledge to the new Prairie Ridge Care Center ($50,000).

“Making a contribution of this amount is definitely a team effort,” reports Mary Plathe, Volunteer Services Manager for OCAHS. “The Auxiliary Board and our volunteer team deserve a special thank you for the tremendous amount of work — planning and organizing our monthly fund-raisers and staffing the GiftGarden hospital gift shop.”

Health system volunteers and Auxiliary members bake desserts and breads, embroider dish towels and pillowcases, make over 2,000 saucyjies for the annual holiday open house, manage the spring plant sale, work at numerous lobby sales throughout the year, prepare and serve food at fund-raising events, and staff the gift shop. Community support of these activities helps raise monies that directly benefit health system patients, residents, and families.

“On behalf of the Auxiliary Board, we want to thank the public for generously supporting our events and activities,” said Marilyn Van Engelenhoven, board chair. “Without their support, a gift of this size would not be possible.”

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