Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary 2011 Annual Report
The mission of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary is to promote and support the mission of the medical center through volunteerism and event fundraising. It has been my privilege to lead the organization through a wonderful year of furthering our mission.
The Gift Shop provided funds of $45,000 to the Auxiliary last year. This funding goes towards the many areas we support, such as the Special Needs fund, scholarships, the Big Brother, Big Sister program, Raising Readers Event and the Knitting program. Jennifer Bahlmann-Ballantine has done a fantastic job of promoting the shop, recruiting new volunteers, and running operations smoothly. She has filled it with a wonderful new array of items and it is always a delight to shop with a purpose! This past year she has introduced many new fun events, sales and specials and we look forward to those as well as others this year to come.
The annual Volunteer Recognition dinner was held at the Gateway Center in April. Jennifer Stark-Mortimer was the emcee, and the theme for the evening was ‘The Power of Teamwork.’ Four special volunteers were honored with Volunteer of the Year awards in the categories of Commitment, Auxiliary Recognition, Hospice and Leadership. ISU Women’s Basketball Coach Bill Fennelly treated the 240 that attended to a fantastic presentation.
On May 7th, the annual benefit took place at The Gateway Hotel with a Kentucky Derby theme once again. It was a great success with nearly 300 guests in attendance. Everyone enjoyed betting on the race, participating in a poker tournament, live and silent auctions, gaming tables, Plinko and a delicious food buffet. In partnership with the Foundation, we raised a record $250,000 in funds and in-kind support for the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, including the wig program.
Each year the Auxiliary awards several scholarships to area high school seniors whose studies will be in a health care related field. Many fantastic students apply, making it a hard but rewarding job to give out these scholarships. This year we awarded 15 - $1,000 scholarships. We also partnered with the Foundation to award the Mary Ann Carr and Linda Dasher endowed scholarships each also awarded at $1,000.
The annual Hope Run For Hospice was in June. We had 461 walkers and runners participate in one of four categories – 1 mile, 5K, 10K or Hope Run Jr. on a new route that began at the Ames Middle School. It was a great new location that led the participants on a path directly behind the Hospice House. It was a nice way to connect the event with its beneficiary. In partnership with the Foundation, $31,000 in funds and in-kind support was raised for the Israel Family Hospice House. The efforts were led by co-chairs Melissa Hanna and Beth Henriksen.
In 2010 and the beginning of 2011 the Auxiliary spent a bulk of the board meetings reviewing its bylaws to better fit the organization. In spring 2011 we were able to finalize our changes, which were then approved, by our lawyers and the Mary Greeley Medical Center board of Trustees in June. As we resumed meetings in the fall, we started to implement those changes by organizing committees and assigning board members to these committees. We look forward to everyone on the board getting involved in an area they enjoy, to help better the Auxiliary. Our new committees are scholarship/volunteer, events, Gift Shop and art.
The Extraordinary Visions Campaign is in full swing to support the new building project. We are excited to be a part of this wonderful venture and have pledged a record amount in the history of giving from the Auxiliary, with an amount of $500,000 over the next 5 years. The Auxiliary is thrilled and honored to be a part of this historic renovation.
In November, the Auxiliary hosted an event to recruit new community members to become involved with the organization either as a board member or by serving on a committee. We had 20-25 people attend the event and it generated a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the work of the Auxiliary. We have already used the responses from the event to recruit new board members, as well as get people involved with 2012 events.
I would like to thank the MGMC staff that attends all of our meetings: Brian Dieter, who keeps us aware of and up-to-date on all things Mary Greeley most recently the Extraordinary Visions Campaign. Melissa Johansen who has guided us to be one of the most progressive hospital auxiliaries in Iowa; Vickie Newell who keeps us on track and is always there to answer our questions and to help us with our committees; Andrea Hammes-Dodge who takes care of keeping up with our fundraising and is our go to person for our many event needs and Martha Hennager who always does a wonderful job keeping up with our meetings and making sure we have a great record of what we did. We truly appreciate all of the help and work that is done to support our organization!
Renee Hansen will be taking over now as President for 2012 and will do a wonderful job! She has been with the board for a year and has helped with the annual benefit in the past as well as many other community projects.
Again, we are so grateful to work with a staff that is supportive of our organization and a medical center of this quality in our community. 2011 was a wonderful year and we look forward to another successful year in 2012!
Respectfully submitted ~