WDMH Auxiliary Hosts 75th Anniversary Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show – with a few surprises 

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WDMH Auxiliary Hosts 75th Anniversary Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show – with a few surprises 
Guests were all dressed up and ready to party! (L-R): Bev Beck, Jessie Duchesne, Elizabeth Brunner, Edith Wise and Gloria Summers. (Photo : WDMH)

Decades of stylish fashion and fascinators filled the Morrisburg Legion on Saturday at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Auxiliary’s 75th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show. It was a wonderful day of celebration, laughter – and a few surprises.

The day included an afternoon tea, served by MP Eric Duncan, MPP Nolan Quinn and other men, many of whom volunteer at WDMH. Two local businesses – by local stores Biba/Casselman’s Shoes and Juli Fashions – put everyone into the summer mood. There were also door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

The highlight of the day was a special announcement by the WDMH Auxiliary Co-Chairs Elinor Jordan and Louise Arsenault. They presented a cheque for $233,141 to the hospital. These funds will be used to purchase nine patient care equipment items for various departments at WDMH.

“We are very proud,” noted Bev Beck, an Auxiliary member who chaired the organizing committee for the event. “This 75th birthday celebration is a culmination of a lot of hard work by dedicated, passionate people that give their time, energy, resources and skills,” added Joan Farlinger, Auxiliary member, Past President, and a volunteer at WDMH for 35 years.

On August 3, 1948, a small group of women met in the Town Hall to discuss the impact the hospital was to have on the entire community and the need for an “auxiliary” force to assist. Over the past 75 years, the WDMH Auxiliary has held annual bazaars, fundraising events, bridge tournaments, bake sales and more to raise millions of dollars for WDMH – to purchase everything from chairs to IV pumps to equipment for the operating room.

“Thank you to our amazing volunteers,” added Cholly Boland, CEO.  “They have been such an essential part of our care team for more than seven decades and we are so grateful for their ongoing support.”

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.

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