Hospital guild nets $30K


Sequim Gazette staff

No high stakes gambling at this afternoon luncheon at the 7 Cedars Casino — just a $30,000 windfall for the community.


The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild capped another successful season of raising funds for medical organizations and scholarships at the casino’s Club Seven on May 23, celebrating with a fashion show, an awards ceremony and lunch.


The guild made several donations:


• $12,000 to The Dungeness Health & Wellness Clinic, Sequim’s free clinic

• Three donations totaling $12,160 to Olympic Medical Center (for a phototherapy light, five AED trainers and an ultrasound unit)

• $1,500 scholarship to Julia Ahrendt, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University;

• $1,500 scholarship to Donna M. Pairadee, studying for her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Western Governors University

•$1,500 to Peninsula College’s School of Nursing

The guild has given more than $1.7 million from sales at the thrift shop at 204 W. Bell St., said guild vice president Addie Curtis.


The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild was founded in 1970; its thrift shop opened in 1977.


Other organizations that have benefitted from the all-volunteer guild include the Sequim Police Department, Clallam Fire District 3, Sequim Food Bank, Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center, hospices and a search and rescue group.


The hospital guild also recognized a new slate of officers: President Jean Janis, Vice president Addie Curtis, Secretary Donna Huswick, Treasurer Debbie Kahle and Thrift Shop Chairman Sue Tondreau.


The guild also honored longtime volunteer Shirley Leyman for 35 years of service. Leyman is one of two original founding members of the guild still working at the thrift shop.


Fashion show models included Pennie Dickin, Cletis Dietz, Dianne McIntosh, Mary Nesbitt, Virginia Peter and Nina Sweet.


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