FCMH Auxiliary prepares for its 40th bazaar


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The 40th-annual Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary bazaar will be held Nov. 10, from 9-5, in the conference room of the hospital’s Medical Arts Building 2.

The bazaar sewing group will sell handmade items, baked goods and raffle tickets. Proceeds from the event support patient care projects.

In the early 1970s, Marty Reiff and the doctors’ wives organized the FCMH Auxiliary. The first bazaar was held in 1977 and two years later the Auxiliary began accepting members from the community. Jody Hanawalt joined in 1979 and will celebrate her 38th bazaar this year.

Early on, the sewing group met in the home of Betty Hoppes, then moving to the hospital conference room. They moved their work to a church before settling into their current workshop in Medical Arts Building 1. The bazaar has also traveled from a vacant storefront in Washington Square to the Life Squad location and from there, to the halls and conference room of the hospital.

Grace United Methodist Church hosted the bazaar for several years until the latest move to its current location in Medical Arts Building 2.

Whatever the location, the bazaar sewing group has focused on one goal: to support patient care projects. Over the past 39 years, the FCMH Auxiliary has donated $446,971 to patient care. In recent years, they have aided the purchase of pain pumps, blanket warmers, vein finders, and a picc line. An ongoing project is the purchase of small stuffed animals for children in the FCMH Emergency Department.

Join the FCMH Auxiliary on Nov. 10 to celebrate its 40th bazaar. Your purchase of a unique handcrafted item, a delicious baked treat or a raffle ticket enables the Auxiliary to continue its support of FCMH patients.

Anyone interested in the sewing group or other volunteer opportunities at FCMH can get information and a volunteer application in the hospital gift shop.

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