$10,000 Gift Brings Auxiliary's Donation to $2.18 Million
The Auxiliary of Highpoint Health made a contribution of $10,000 to the Highpoint Health Foundation at the Auxiliary’s annual summer picnic at the Greendale Cabin. Sylvia Plashko, Auxiliary President, presented the check to Michael W. Schwebler, Highpoint Health President and CEO, who accepted it on behalf of the Foundation for its Hearing, Helping, Healing Campaign.
Initiated in January, the Hearing, Helping, Healing Campaign’s primary purpose is to raise funds for the construction of a new cancer center in Dearborn County. Groundbreaking for the new facility will take place this fall.
“The support and monetary contributions that the Highpoint Health Foundation has received for the cancer center’s construction is incredible,” Mr. Schwebler told the picnickers. “Southeastern Indiana is a special area, and the Auxilians are part of what makes it special.”
Since its establishment in 1958, the Auxiliary has donated $2.18 million to the hospital and its related programs. In addition to their monetary contributions, the Auxilians provide an average of 21,000 hours of volunteer service to the hospital each year. Auxilians staff the Information Desk; serve as Greeters and Messengers; volunteer in the Gift Shop, Sewing Room, Community Relations and with Hospice; and serve as members of the Patient/Family Advisory Council. Many also volunteer at special hospital events such as the Living Well Health Fair, Dillard’s and Collective Goods sales, children’s Christmas party and the hospital’s annual sports physicals.
Activities at the picnic included games and contests coordinated with the party’s baseball theme. This year’s winners were:
- Best men’s Reds attire: Paul Titkemeyer and Ed Witte
- Best women’s Reds attire: Sue Whitaker
- Best non-Reds baseball attire: Marge Waldon, with her California Angels cap
- Best baseball tales: Leona Adams, Marita Cizek, Bill Smith and Paul Titkemeyer
- Oldest Reds scorebook: Sandy Ray, who brought publications from 1936 and 1938
- Baseball movies matching game: Dick Harris
- Baseball players’ nicknames game: Barry Hussung, Bill Smith and Donna Thies
- Tickets to a Reds game: Dick Harris and Bruce Plashko
For more information about becoming a member of the Highpoint Health Auxiliary, please call Mrs. Plashko at 812-537-8217 or 800-676-5572, ext. 8217.