An integral part of Lourdes Hospital since 1955, Lourdes Auxiliary is an energetic organization of women and men dedicated to supporting Lourdes associates, patients, volunteers and our community.
The Auxiliary is a member of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). We have been recognized by HANYS for excellence in hospital advocacy.
New members are always welcome. Please join us!
The Auxiliary board meets at the hospital on the second Tuesday morning of each month.
If you are interested in joining the board, please call 607-798-5213.
2014-2015 Auxiliary Board:
President: Phyllis Callaghan
Secretary: Bev Wasco
Treasurer: Pam Previtti
Immediate Past President: Carol Hagopian
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Correspondence: Ellen Burns
Nominating: Debbie Oven
Membership: Jaclyn Boushie
Public Relations/Newsletter: Kate Newberry
Bylaws/Parliamentarian: Nancy LaRose
Keli Coghlan Cooperr
Kyla Barber DeBlock
Mary Ellen Whalen
Auxiliary Events & Projects
The Auxiliary has a number of ongoing service projects for Lourdes associates, patients and the greater community, as well as fundraisers to support our activities and social events for our members. Auxilians are encouraged to participate as their time and talents allow. Please call 607-798-5213 for more information.
Held each October, the Annual Dinner is a festive gathering for our membership. The newly-elected Auxiliary board is presented and Auxiliary plaque honorees are recognized.
The Annual Dinner committee determines the date, location, menu, invitations, decorations and speakers or entertainment.
Auxiliary Plaque Honoree Recognition
In 2008, the Auxiliary inaugurated a plaque (located in the hospital atrium) to recognize the extraordinary service of individual Auxilians. Nominations for addition to the plaque may come from family, friends, and the Auxiliary board. $500 is donated to the Lourdes Foundation in the name of each honoree. A nomination form is located at the back of the Auxiliary member directory. The "Plaque committee" reviews nominations and selects honorees. Honorees are recognized at the Annual Dinner in October.
The Lourdes Ball
The Lourdes Ball, held in February, is the Auxiliary's largest annual fundraiser for the hospital. Proceeds from the 2008 through 2012 Balls, totaling almost $450,000, have been applied to the Auxiliary's $1 million pledge to Lourdes' Mission 2012 construction project.
The Ball committee plans the gala and solicits corporate sponsorships.
See pictures from the 2015 Lourdes Ball.
Sales by outside vendors of handbags, jewelry, books, sneakers, sheets, chocolates, etc. are sponsored by the Auxiliary and held at the hospital. Auxilians assist at the sales.
A portion of the proceeds from these sales goes to the Auxiliary, which helps fund our projects and financial commitments.
Volunteering in the Gift Shop & Café
Many Auxilians volunteer at the Auxiliary's Gift Shop or at the Café dePaul. The Auxiliary oversees the operation of both and receives the proceeds.
For more information on becoming a Lourdes volunteer, go to Lourdes' Volunteer Services page or call 607-798-5490.
"We Care" Bags for Cancer Patients
Auxiliary members assemble and deliver bags of comfort items for cancer patients undergoing initial chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
WHALE™Child Identification Program
WHALE™, an acronym for "We Have A Little Emergency," is a child identification program designed to help first responders care for young children who are involved in an auto accident. Contact and health information contained on a special WHALE™ sticker affixed to the child's car seat is especially useful in cases where the driver is incapacitated. WHALE™ committee members distribute sticker kits at area events. They also work with local emergency personnel to familiarize them with the program.
Over the years, the Auxiliary's monetary contributions to Lourdes for expansion, renovation, medical equipment, departmental grants and more have totaled approximately $3.4 million.
In addition, the Auxiliary awards scholarships and savings bonds annually to junior volunteers and assists local agencies such as Mom's House, Samaritan House, Danielle House, Traci's Hope and the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference.
To become an Auxiliary member, please complete a Lourdes Auxiliary Membership form. Please call 607-798-5213 for more information. We'd love to hear from you!