Sequim guild gives $20K to medical centers

More than 150 tickets were sold for the Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild's luncheon May 26 at the 7 Cedars Casino, where $20,000 was given to two local medical centers.

Before the checks were presented, Em Hutchins, a founding member of the guild in 1969, told guild members how proud she was to be there and see what the group was doing.

"Believe it or not there was a little uncertainty that Sequim could do this," she said, recalling the first encounters with the hospital while trying to establish the guild.

"And we did."

Olympic Medical Center Assistant Administrator Rhonda Curry said the guild has raised $651,000 for the hospital.

The guild donated $10,000 to the hospital for construction of a helipad at the Fifth Avenue OMC campus in Sequim.

The guild also donated $10,000 to the Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic. Volunteers at the clinic provide basic medical care to uninsured or under-insured people in Sequim and the Dungeness Valley.

Audrey Gift, who sits on that clinic's board, said more than 1,200 patients are treated at the clinic every year and that number is growing. Demand has increased as people lose their jobs and health insurance, she said.

The guild also held a silent auction to raise money for Fire District 3 and a fashion show featuring clothing sold at the guild's thrift shop.

Additionally, $7,800 in scholarships was awarded to students in Sequim and Port Angeles. Of that, $1,500 went to Peninsula College for nursing student scholarships.

Recipients of the $900 scholarships were: Anna Fox, Marissa Loosli, Hannah Ohnstad and Leanna Schaafsma, all of Sequim, and Lesley Everett, Tracy Kuhn and David Lewis, all of Port Angeles.

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