The Beebe Auxiliary raised more than $1 million for Beebe Healthcare.

2018’s record-setting gift of $315,000 was followed by another $285,000 on May 15. The donation brings the auxiliary even closer to its goal of raising $1.8 million in five years.

More than 200 auxiliary members donated more than 21,000 hours in various efforts, said Lesley Nance, president, during the annual luncheon at Baywood Greens Country Club to celebrate the auxiliary’s 83rd year.

“We are here today to say thank you to all of our members’ dedication this past year,” said Nance. “No matter where you turn on a Beebe campus, it’s likely you will run into an auxiliary member who is hard at work.”

The auxiliary runs a craft group, a thrift shop beside the go-kart track at Midway, the gift shop at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and spearheads other fundraising efforts.

Beebe Auxiliary has raised funds for the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, the Chapel at the medical center, the Georgetown Health Campus, two hyperbaric chambers at Beebe Wound Healing, special wheel-chairs for patients visiting the medical center and Tunnell Cancer Center and new navigational bronchoscopy equipment.

Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation, told the luncheon crowd that by her calculations, the auxiliary has donated $5.7 million to Beebe since the 1980s.

Beebe Board of Directors Chair David Herbert also attended the luncheon to thank the auxiliary for their work the last 83 years.

The auxiliary also honored three individuals for their service in the past year. Doreen Ives from the Beebe Print Room, auxiliary member Sara Spencer who is moving away from the area, and Mike Clemmer, who was a former president of the Beebe Medical Foundation, manager of the Beebe Gift Shop for 10 years and a past auxiliary president.

The Beebe Auxiliary was founded in 1936 with the purpose to promote and advance the welfare of Beebe and its patients. Membership is open to men and women. General membership meetings are held at the Lewes Campus the first Friday of October, November, February and March. The annual membership meeting is held in May at a local restaurant. There are two membership levels: Active members may volunteer in a way that meets their personal abilities and time restraints. Inactive members support the Auxiliary as ambassadors of goodwill. Annual dues are $10 for both active and inactive members.

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