NOW LIVE! Monthly 50/50 Hospital Aide Draw Supports Hospital Equipment Purchases

Not only is hospital equipment expensive, but hospitals must also raise the funds to purchase it themselves. While most of the fundraising for our local hospital is done by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, they are supported in their efforts by the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliaries.

The volunteer-run Auxiliary is already a major in-house support for the hospital, providing porters, running the gift shop, offering a helping hand to patients and visitors at the information desk, and assisting with the clinic day surgery and diagnostic imaging, among other things.

And while The Auxiliary is not primarily a fundraising organization, they have raised more than $2 million for hospital equipment since their creation in 1955. Each year, they receive a wish list from the hospital and select the items they are able to purchase. They have helped with mammography and diagnostic equipment, and are currently on a five-year commitment to purchase two mobile beds per year at a cost of $16,000. All funds raised by the organization, with the exception of the salary of a part-time volunteer director, are used for the needs of the hospital.

“We all need the hospital, and it’s expensive,” says Dave James, Auxiliary volunteer and past president of the organization. “All new equipment must be purchased through fundraising.”

Now, the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary is embarking on a new endeavor to raise even more funds to support the hospital: a monthly 50/50 raffle launched April 1.

The OLG-approved fundraiser will see the organization and the holder of the winning ticket⁠—drawn on the last business day of the month⁠—share the funds raised that month.

Tickets for the April draw will be available online at huntsvilleauxiliary.com or in the branch gift shop starting April 1 at three for $10, 40 for $20 or 100 for $40. The draw will take place on April 29. Tune into 105.5 Moose FM for a bit of fanfare on draw day.

For more information, visit huntsvilleauxiliary.com or email [email protected] You can also follow the Auxiliary on Facebook here.

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Lillian L. Pena