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By David Martin

Tea and treats for a worthy cause


David Martin

Alice Paul enjoys tea and conversation during a fundraiser hosted by the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Auxiliary Saturday afternoon.

It was a scene reminiscent of a victorian novel.

Ornate teacups and saucers arranged on tables in intricate settings, many of which were filled with colorful and hot liquids. Large trays and platters featuring a variety of sweets, treats and finger sandwiches were lined up, ready to be served to hungry guests. However, the scene wasn’t taken from an episode of “Downton Abbey,” it was the setting of the annual Spring Fling Tea fundraiser for the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Auxiliary.

According to Janae Gale, supervisor over the volunteer department and community outreach, the auxiliary routinely donates its funds to help various departments throughout the hospital.

For example, it purchased 25 wheelchairs for the hospital, toys for the pediatric play area, nursing gowns and other items requested throughout the hospital. Outside of purchases, the auxiliary also provides grants to hospital departments.

This year, funds from the fundraiser will go towards the hospital’s comfort cart, which provides various items patients and their visitors may need while at the hospital.

The auxiliary itself has a paid membership and also utilizes funds generated through the hospital’s gift shop.

The Spring Fling Tea is hosted in honor of Kelly Sidebottom, Auxiliary president Barb Gillio’s sister, who passed away in 2004.


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