ELIH Auxiliary Sets Fundraising Record for 2016

Posted on 2/6/2017

From a sea of pink to a sea of green, the ELIH Auxiliary set a new record for fundraising in 2016 contributing over $400,000 to Eastern Long Island Hospital.  Previous annual fundraising efforts have been sizable, but this year is an all time high.  “The Auxiliary is a winning team,” states Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO.  “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of its members, the Auxiliary is welcoming in the New Year with a renewed sense of purpose.”   

The ELIH Auxiliary presents a check to Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman Board of Trustees bringing total fundraising contributions for 2016 up over $400,000.  (l-r) Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman Board of Trustees;  Iris Begora, Auxiliary Treasurer; Helene V. Fall, Auxiliary President; Toni DeMeo, Volunteer Services Chair and  Linda Sweeney, Executive Director, Foundation/Community Relations..

Recognized for their extraordinary fundraising efforts that allow ELIH to continue to flourish and grow, the North Fork Chamber of Commerce presented the ELIH Auxiliary with the 2016-2017 Community Service Award at the Sixth Annual Snowflake Gala on January 27, 2017 at Raphael Winery in Peconic.  The North Fork Chamber of Commerce awards individuals and volunteer organizations whose community contributions have made a huge impact on the quality of life on the North Fork.  

“The Auxiliary is a vital part of Eastern Long Island Hospital’s 112 year mission,” states Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  “What matters most of all is the constant dedication put forth by these ladies and gentlemen to ensure quality healthcare in our community.  Through the years, these volunteers have made a difference in the lives of so many North Fork and Shelter Island residents.  The Auxiliary’s presence alone is the most precious gift of all.”       

Today, there are three Auxiliary branches.  The East End/Shelter Island branch, the Southold West branch and the TWIGS are all involved in various fundraisers.  This year’s  fundraising events including, Ladies Day at the Links, the North Fork Tennis Open, Italian Nite and Denim and Dice attracted enthusiastic crowds.  Longstanding events such as the Car Raffle and the Dream Green Cash Raffle also continue to be successful.   

With the addition of a dedicated furniture department at the Opportunity Shop on Main Street in Greenport, the ELIH Auxiliary is experiencing a rise in sales.  Affectionately known to locals as the “Op Shop”, discerning shoppers can find gently used merchandise at reasonable prices.  This resale store provides options for those experiencing socioeconomic challenges to purchase household items and clothing.  It also appeals to those in search of unique vintage items or anyone looking to furnish a second home.  

ELIH Auxiliary volunteers showcase the new furniture department at the Opportunity Shop on Main Street in Greenport.   (l-r) James Flanagan, Joan Zaleski, Opportunity Shop Representative; Doris Bernstein, Nora Busch, Betty Rugg, Karen Jimenez, Susan Mickaliger, Opportunity Shop Manager and Linda Sweeney, Executive Director, Foundation/Community Relations. 

The ELIH Auxiliary is always in search of new volunteers.  There are many opportunities to volunteer at the hospital, especially for the newly retired who want to contribute their skills. Membership has been dwindling over the years due to the North Fork’s aging population and more people remaining in the workforce longer.  Many of the hospital’s regular volunteers leave their posts during the winter heading for warmer climates.

Anyone looking to join the ELIH Auxiliary is encouraged to call the Community Relations Office at 631.477.5164 for an application. Depending on your interests, you can volunteer at the hospital or at the Opportunity Shop.  Volunteering is a wonderful way to get out and meet new people and help your community.  There is also a Junior Volunteer program for high school students between the ages of 15 and 18.  Many of these students go on to pursue a career in healthcare as a result of their volunteer experience.