In 1974, when my husband Joseph, our 3 young sons and my father who resided with us began looking for a home in Freehold Twp., the first question I asked our real estate broker was the location of the nearest hospital. My husband had recently dealt with a cardiac issue so that was important to us. As it turned out, our 3 year old son was the first to visit the ER a week after we moved in.
I decided that I wanted to learn more about our local hospital and became a member of the Freehold Boro and Twp. Hospital Auxiliary. My involvement with the hospital staff and Auxilians led to my feeling that I had found a second family. Even when I returned to teaching I remained active in the Auxiliary eventually becoming President of the Freehold Auxiliary and the Associated Auxiliaries.
The hospital maintained a Thrift Shop which was a very enjoyable enterprise. Over the years it existed, I both chaired and volunteered at the shop.
In order to stimulate interest of our members, my auxiliary held Peddler’s Markets twice a year at Freehold Raceway. We had over 100 vendors participate.
The Festival of Lights was an event that saw auxilians from all the auxiliaries decorating Christmas trees for a silent auction. A craft show was held in conjunction with that event at Freehold Raceway.
I served on numerous Charity Ball committees over the years. One year, when the committee sought a pre-ball event, I suggested a hospital bed race which became the Gurney Gala run on Main Street, Freehold.
I am currently 1st Vice President of the CentraState Associated Auxiliaries. Over the years I have served, my interest has continued to grow and it has been a labor of love. When my husband Joseph passed away my family asked that donations in his memory be directed for the MS Center.
Recently, in honor of my 80th birthday, a donation was made for the genetic testing program in the Statesir Cancer Center.
CentraState Medical Center will continue to be an important part of my family’s lives.
To learn more about joining CentraState Associated Auxiliaries, please call 732-221-7125