SGMC Volunteer Auxiliary Celebrates Service

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Posted on: October 6, 2022

The South Georgia Medical Center Auxiliary recently gathered for a luncheon to install their new board of directors and recognize members for their volunteer hours.

The annual ceremony celebrated the achievements of the 2021-2022 year, including 13 new volunteers, 6 fundraisers and two $1,000 scholarships. Volunteers have contributed nearly 6,000 hours of service over the past year for a total of more than 2 million hours since the program’s inception. This year, The Auxiliary donated $45,000 to SGMC to help fund various patient care equipment needs.

“Our dedicated volunteers are essential to the day-to-day operations of our healthcare system,” said Johnny Ball, vice president of marketing and public affairs. “We are grateful to them for choosing to use their time and talents to serve the patients and guests of SGMC.”

Volunteer Auxiliaries, or Pink Ladies and Red Coats as they are commonly known, volunteer in various areas of the hospital to assist with family, visitor and patient care as well as fundraising initiatives. Auxiliary members receiving pins included Barbara Thomas (honorary member with over 10,000 hours); Emerida Rodriguez (6,000 hours); Dianne Belcher (5,500 hours); Mary Young Manning (5,500 hours); Carroll Griffin (3,000 hours); Debbie Dowling (1,000 hours); Peggy Beauvais (500 hours); Brennan Hulett (400 hours); Joan Barrese (300 hours); Morgan Wynn (100 hours); Clara Lugo (100 hours); Barbara Gattignolo (100 hours); Tirys Carr (50 hours); and Zaeli Lopez (50 hours).

The new officers are: Ora Morrison, President; Peggy Beauvais, President-Elect; Joan Barrese, vice president of programs and recording secretary; Emerida Rodriguez, corresponding secretary; Dianne Belcher, Ways and Means; Evelyne Harrell, Treasurer; Barbara Thomas, MP; and Jan Newton, past president. Special recognition was given to Debbie Dowling and Mary Young Manning for their extraordinary work on the subsidiary bulletin, the Pinkadilly News.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at SGMC, click here.

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