100th Celebration For UVa Auxiliary

From the volunteers in the hospital gift shop to the attendants at the information center, many people are members of the UVa hospital auxiliary.

On Thursday, the hospital said thank you for their hard work.

This year marks 100 years of service for the UVa auxiliary group. It started back in 1908 with only 24 members and volunteers. Now, 100 years later, the auxiliary has close to a thousand members.

But membership isn't all that's grown, so have their contributions. They donated more than 70,000 hours of service just last year.

"Our purpose is to support the hospital whether we support the hospital in our volunteer hours, otherwise our energy and time, or whether we support the hospital by raising funds so that we can find possibly those little areas in the hospital that might not have hit the budget but still need to be done," said Pat Periolat, auxiliary president.

Edward Howell, CEO of UVa Medical Center, says the auxiliary’s work makes all the difference.

"The auxiliary provides support to so many parts of our mission that we have we could never do without them. They have a hundred years of dedicated caring,” said Howell.

So many people give so much of their time and effort.

”I volunteer in the infusion center over in the cancer center, and I do it because I'm an eight-and-a-half-year cancer survivor myself," said hospital volunteer Pauline Parkhurst. "I had so much support at the time. This is like payback for me, pay back for all that was done for me."

The hospital presented the auxiliary with a clock as a special gift of thanks for the group’s timeless efforts.

The auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to the health system since 1980.

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