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  • Writer's pictureLinda Neylan

Hospital Auxiliary

The Fairfield Harbour Hospital Auxiliary has had a very busy start during spring this year!  We celebrated a fun and entertaining potluck dinner that Joyce Stull and her wonderful crew threw for all the volunteers and their spouses/friends on March 27th.  The dishes everyone brought were incredibly delicious, the spring decorations were so cheerful, and the company of friends, new and old, was the best.  The Auxiliary shared in a drawing for door prizes, which was a hoot.  Our BIG winners were Jane Haeussler, who won a loaded gift bag from Myra Hall, the manager of the hospital gift shop, and Andi Ostar, who won our 50/50 raffle.  Please see the attached pictures of this special evening. Thank you to Joyce and her terrific crew: Holly Woodcock, Ruthann Hendel, Debbie Harris, and Pat Roark!


The decorations were festive for spring and Easter and the food was incredibly delicious. Everyone sat down with friends and had a wonderful evening! Thank you so much Joyce and crew for a fun and happy time!

(L to R) Sue Bischoff and Joyce Stull selling tickets for the 50/50 raffle and handing out tickets for the prizes.

Jane Haeussler won the door prize from the Camellia Gift Shop at the hospital.

Andi Ostar won the 50/50 raffle!! Yay, Andi!!! I don’t know how much she won, but Andi sure did look happy!

Linda Neylan won the silent auction wreath with pretty flowers and cute miniature gardening tools attached. It’s going on the back door that leads to her garden.

Above is the dedicated crew that helped chairperson Joyce Stull plan, organize, and present a beautiful evening for everyone! (L to R) are Pat Roark, Debbie Harris, Holly Woodcock, Ruthann Hendel, and Joyce Stull. Craig Blackwell was a great help with setting up the room.

A few days later, on April 6th, the hospital auxiliary had a Bake and Breakfast Sale at the Community Center for the Fairfield Harbour Spring Yard Sale.  It was a cold, brisk morning of typical North Carolina spring weather, and that brought many sellers and shoppers inside for fresh from-the-oven cinnamon rolls and warm and toasty breakfast casseroles and quiches.  The hot coffee helped warm up a lot of people, too.  Many of the Auxiliary volunteers jumped in to make all kinds of sweet bread, cookies, brownies, muffins, and bunt cakes for the bake sale, too.  We had a huge response to our 50/50 raffle, where April Mizelle won a whopping $105!  Congratulations, April!  Janell Ringuette has always been a phenomenal chairwoman for this event, which helps to support the Auxiliary’s need to purchase yarn, fabric, thread, and Poly-Fil to make the many items that the hospital needs for patients, young and not-so-young.  Enjoy all the pictures below.


The Auxiliary Bake Sale was crowded with many shoppers and sellers alike. The warm breakfasts, sweet treats, and hot coffee brought everyone into the Community Center.

These two ladies (L to R) Jenny Nebe and Cindy Scalion are a bake sale favorite, because they make fresh from the oven cinnamon rolls and piping hot coffee. Yard sale shoppers and vendors alike greatly appreciated the warm treats, as it was cold! BRRR…

Mary Florence, our Auxiliary treasurer, is helping to sell sweet muffins and coffee to customers. Mary then takes the money we earn from the bake sales and raffles and deposits it to be used for supplies that members need to make afghans, lap robes, shawls, baby blankets, beanie hats, eyeglass cases, surgery pillows and so on.

Pam Gaskill is all smiles while selling tickets for the 50/50 Raffle.
April Mizelle won $105! Later that afternoon, (L to R) Janell Ringuette gave Lessa Willoughby and her son Wyatt the winnings for April.

(L to R) Clare Ostrosky and Janell Ringuette are serving warm quiches and delicious breakfast casseroles that were all made by Auxiliary volunteers. Janell Ringuette does a phenomenal job as the chairperson who organizes

We had many volunteers who came in early to help with the breakfast and bake sale. Above from L - R Audrey Carson, Clare Ostrosky, and Ruthann Hendel.

(L to R) Sue Wolfe and Judy Gates are selling bundt cakes, brownies, cookies, and sweet breads. They also assist to take money. We had many customers who were so incredibly generous that they did not accept change back, as they wanted to donate to the Fairfield Harbour Hospital Auxiliary! Thank you!!

The auxiliary volunteers continue to make always-needed afghans, lap robes, baby blankets and beanies, eyeglass cases, fidgets, surgery, heart, and mastectomy pillows for patients at Carolina East.  Our group is offering “Crochet Corner” after our monthly meeting if anyone is interested in joining in.  It’s for beginners to experienced crocheters and will usually begin around 10:30 on the third Monday of the month in the Community Center.



Patti Le Vien showing one of the fidgets she made for patients, who need the sensory feel of textures to sooth and relax them in a more stressful environment like a hospital.


(L to R) Cheryl Hard and Lucille Durst with handknit baby blankets and hats that they made for newborns and for the hospital gift shop, where they are sold to raise money for the CE Hospital Auxiliary.

Ingrid Kaplan is a very talented knitter, who makes baby blankets, hats, and hand knit teddy bears for Carolina East pediatric patients.

Chris Reivik with infant beanie hats that she knit for the newborns at Carolina East. The Fairfield Hospital Auxiliary meets almost every month in the Community Center, and members bring what they have handmade to be delivered to the hospital.

(L to R) Andi Ostar and Pam Gaskill having fun at the March meeting and sharing the baby blankets, infant beanie hats, and colorful fidgets that they made for patients who like to keep active during their stay in the hospital.

The FFH Hospital Auxiliary meets on the third Monday of almost every month at the Community Center from 9:30 to 10:30. The auxiliary does not hold meetings during the summer months of July and August.  It’s a great way to meet new friends and become involved in our community by helping Carolina East Medical Center.  Please join us and see what we’re all about.  Membership is free, and for more information, you may contact our Chairperson, Ruth Blackwell, or Pat Geres, Membership Chair.


 Happy Mother’s Day! 

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