The Guild keeps giving.
The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild continued its tradition of giving to local agencies at the annual Spring Luncheon in 7 Cedars Casino. The all-volunteer organization presented more than $27,000 to four agencies on May 23 with $17,000 going to the Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic, $6,000 to the Peninsula College Foundation, $4,000 to Olympic Medical Center, and $500 to KSQM 91.5 FM.
“We couldn’t do what we do without The Guild,” said Sara Nicholls, the Free Clinic’s executive director. “Our community is really blessed to have this group here.”
Donations to the clinic support its general operations, she said, to offer free medical care services to the Sequim community through its all-volunteer staff.
More than 175 people attended the luncheon, which featured a silent auction and fashion show of clothes available at The Guild Thrift Store at 204 W. Bell St.
Ensembles didn’t cost more than $40, fashion show organizer Thelma Sullock said.
Early estimates were the event raised around $4,000 for future community donations, Guild Board President Nancy McGovern said.
As for the other donations, Getta Rogers Workman, Peninsula College Foundation’s executive director, said the college expanded its nursing program for up to 64 spaces and each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship thanks to donations such as the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s.
Newly enrolled medical assistant students will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Olympic Medical Center representatives said its donation will go towards its continued effort to replace older wheelchairs.
OMC CEO Eric Lewis told the crowd “they’re committed to the expansion of the Sequim campus.”
“We’re going to continue to grow as the Sequim community grows,” he said.
KSQM’s donation will go toward its continued efforts for emergency alerts in the Sequim area.
The luncheon was one of two events for The Guild to provide financial support to local medical and health organizations along with its Christmas appreciation luncheon.
As of this May, its volunteers have helped provide more than $2.1 million since 1970 to Clallam County agencies.
Guild co-founder Emma “Em” Hutchins was in attendance for the spring luncheon and said she remains an associate member after helping start the group with Evelyn Pedersen and Margaret Lotzgesell.
“What you’re doing today makes me feel so good,” she told the crowd.
Funds for the donations come from memorials, donations, dues, income from the Thrift Shop that started in 1977, and the Spring Luncheon’s Silent Auction.
Next year’s spring luncheon is set for May 14, 2020, at 7 Cedars Casino.
For more about the Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild, call 360-683-7044.