Honesdale. Hospital Auxiliary donates $15K to Wayne Memorial

| 14 Jun 2023 | 05:22

The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented a check for $150,000, the “fruits of their labor” over the past year to Wayne Memorial Health System at a dinner on Monday, June 5, at the Capri Restaurant in Lakeville. The monies will be divided between the hospital ($135,000) and the System’s skilled nursing facility, Wayne Woodlands Manor ($15,000) in Waymart.

“To say that our Auxilians are hardworking is truly an understatement,” Hospital CEO James Pettinato said. “This donation represents thousands of hours of their time, given freely and without complaint. We are extremely grateful.”

Pettinato and Wayne Memorial Hospital/Health System Board chairman Hugh Rechner accepted the funds as part of the Auxiliary’s $600,000 pledge to the hospital’s Second Century Fund.

“The Auxiliary is our top fundraiser for the Second Century Fund,” Rechner said. “It is a testament to their dedication to the future of health care in the community we all share.”

With about 200 members, the Auxiliary raises funds through its Other Shops One and Two in Honesdale and Hawley, the gift shop in the hospital and through events such as Purse Bingo and their fall tribute concerts.

“We are closing in on 90% of our pledge,” said Auxiliary President Diane Popovich, who noted that the Auxiliary remained strong right through the height of COVID. “Our members were very creative, tireless and committed to supporting the hospital. I am proud to lead the Auxiliary at this time.”

The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary welcomes new members. For an application or additional information, contact Joan at joaneb@ptd.net.