HGB Auxiliary: Making a difference for more than 75 years

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has served the greater Charlotte community for nearly 80 years. Its Auxiliary has been supporting the hospital for almost as long; since 1934. This branch of the hospital volunteer organization has more than 70 members and they are looking for new members to help support their efforts.

The HGB Auxiliary periodically stages a variety of fund-raisers, from bake sales to jewelry, purse and book fairs, as well as seasonal raffles.  The proceeds from the events go toward the purchase of equipment, new services or hospital expansions.  The Auxiliary also operates The Gift Basket, the hospital's gift shop.

"The Gift Basket has evolved as a way for volunteers to spread their creative wings," said Marian Johnson, who coordinates the Gift Basket committee. "Our committee decides what products to carry, how to display them, how to operate the shop, and has many other entrepreneurial talents."

The Gift Basket is located in HGB's main lobby. Employees, visitors, patient's family members and community residents can purchase jewelry, home and office art objects, garden accents, cards and many other gift items. Proceeds supplement the money raised in other Auxiliary events.  Recent donations from the Auxiliary have funded the purchase of equipment used in cataract surgeries, as well as making possible the clinical suite of rooms at AL!VE used for mammography, bone density, and other screenings.

"Throughout these 78 years, the volunteers in the organization have demonstrated their heart, loyalty, and generous spirits, finding countless ways to support the hospital," said Barbara Fulton, HGB director of community and organizational development. "We are fortunate in this community to have such talented volunteers." 

Incoming Auxiliary president Mary Hall noted that "community members interested in joining the Auxiliary can attend our group's next meeting at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 at HGB or call 517-541-5913 to receive a volunteer application."  The hospital is located at 321 E. Harris Street in Charlotte. Auxiliary meetings are held in the Trumley Education Center on the second floor of the hospital.

For more information on the HGB Auxiliary or its events, please call 517-541-5913.