|Richard Pallamary, Vice President, Community Medical Center Foundation, Judy Schmidt, President, Community Medical Center Auxiliary Association and Stephanie Bloom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center, celebrate the CMC Auxiliary Association’s milestone accomplishment of raising $10 million since the Auxiliary Association began in the 1950s.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. – The Community Medical Center (CMC) Auxiliary Association recently celebrated reaching a significant milestone: raising $10 million since its inception.
Founded in the 1950s, the Auxiliary was a grassroots effort among a group of women in Toms River to build a 50-bed hospital that would serve their community. With a goal of raising $25,000 toward construction costs, Twigs – self-governing groups of the Auxiliary – began organizing fundraising activities.
Today, nearly 60 years after the Auxiliary’s inception, the $10 million milestone has paved the way not only for CMC’s initial construction, but also its transformation into a 592-bed leading provider of medical care. Dollars raised by Auxilians have helped fund various hospital initiatives, programs and services, including: construction and renovation of an inpatient hospice unit, robotics surgery equipment, the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, safety ID bracelets for newborns and contributions to maternity services.
“There’s a great need for a state-of-the-art facility for Toms River and its surrounding communities. The funds raised by the Auxiliary help Community Medical Center provide that high quality care,” said Judy Schmidt, President of CMC Auxiliary Association.
Auxiliary-wide projects include sponsorship and operation of the hospital's coffee shop, gift shop and its own Second Time Around Consignment and Thrift Shop – which was founded by Toms River resident and longtime Auxilian Mary Kotzas and has raised $3 million for CMC since the shop opened 37 years ago.
“Community Medical Center would like to thank and congratulate its Auxilians – past and present – who have contributed to this tremendous milestone. The dedication exhibited by these generous individuals over the years has allowed Community Medical Center to advance its commitment to building lifetime relationships and improving the health of our community,” said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center.
Today's Auxiliary membership remains committed to promoting the hospital’s mission. Thanks to an ever-increasing array of programs and services and major advances in state-of-the-art technology, CMC continues to forge ahead into the future, embracing the legacy of its predecessors – a legacy that has guided its efforts and secured its success in providing patients with the finest health and medical care available.
CONTACT: Jean M. Flaherty
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