2007-09-14 / Community

Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Is 'Fund-tastic'

Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Hospital Center, gratefully accepted a $7,500 check, the proceeds from the Auxiliary's Annual Fundraising Raffle, from Auxiliary members (left -  right): Gert Oltchick, President Sheila Schwartz and Fundraising Chairperson, Joan Ryan. Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Hospital Center, gratefully accepted a $7,500 check, the proceeds from the Auxiliary's Annual Fundraising Raffle, from Auxiliary members (left - right): Gert Oltchick, President Sheila Schwartz and Fundraising Chairperson, Joan Ryan. The Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary met on Tuesday, September 4 and welcomed Dr. Robert Katz as their guest speaker. Dr. Katz is Director of Psychology at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. His presentation was primarily on depression in the aging, yet it delved into other areas, such as how better to handle certain illnesses associated with seniors and the stress associated with being a care-giver.

Dr. Katz was well-received by the more than 50 members who turned out for the September luncheon meeting of the Auxiliary, with the members asking many questions of him for more than a half-hour.

Sheila Schwartz, Auxiliary President, was pleased to announce that the recent raffle proceeds resulted in the organization being able to donate $7,500 to the Hospital Center's planned Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Kudos went out to Fundraising Chairman, Joan Ryan, who was once again responsible for a sold-out community-based raffle. Ryan credited the success of the raffle to the hard work and commitment of Gert Oltchick, who was responsible for selling nearly half of the total raffle tickets, for the second year in a row. Over the past four years alone, the Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary has raised in excess of $25,000.

Mary Ogonah, Speaker's Coordinator (left) and Auxiliary President Sheila Schwartz (right) took time out for a "photo op" with Dr. Robert Katz, Director of Psychology at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. Mary Ogonah, Speaker's Coordinator (left) and Auxiliary President Sheila Schwartz (right) took time out for a "photo op" with Dr. Robert Katz, Director of Psychology at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. The Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary is a volunteer service committee with more than 200 dues-paying members. Their contributions to the Hospital Center are many and diverse. In difficult fiscal and political times, the Hospital Center looks to its volunteers for support and ideas to help provide quality service to its community. Each year, the Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars from their annual raffle and their monthly bazaar, book and plant sales for a variety of hospital center projects. This past year, the funds were donated to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory; the previous year the donated funds were earmarked for the new Mammography Suite. The Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday for a luncheon meeting at the Hospital Center.

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