DUNKIRK - Recently the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its annual "Celebrating Spring" event at the Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk. A variety of vendors offered lovely, affordable wares. A silent auction included a wide range of baskets, featuring many products from local businesses and individuals.
Beverages and treats were available throughout the morning for the 120 guests in attendance. The tables were beautifully appointed, and chocolate favors were donated by auxiliary member Sarah Fritz.
One of the highlights of the affair was the debut of the ornament of the year, the eighth in the series. This year, Eason Hall was chosen as the subject of the ornament. The design is also available in thimbles and magnets.
Following the buffet luncheon, the WACS Westwinds, under the direction of Grammy winner Kent Knappenberger, provided the afternoon entertainment.
Photo by Vicki Notaro
The grand door prize was a year's unlimited use of the fitness room at the Westfield YWCA located at 58 S Portage St. The prize was valued at $300.
Marilyn Hemmer, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, welcomed those in attendance and thanked the vendors, the staff from Shorewood and the guests.
Johanna Gill of the Chautauqua County Health Department Cancer Services discussed the hospital's one-stop checks program for the Amish scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 from 8-11 a.m. at the hospital.
Patty Bolman, administrator, recognized the auxiliary for its fundraising, blood pressure screening and community outreach.
"We continue to expand programs," Bolman said. She discussed the revamped diabetes program, which has received national recognition.
Bolman discussed new hospitality policies. She said that everyone took a course in patient experience. She said the focus is looking for ways to exceed customer expectations. She said that training was also offered for the auxiliary. Marjory Fritz, president of the Auxiliary Hospital Board, offered the invocation.
The luncheon menu included green salad with balsamic dressing, chef's choice warm pasta dish, carving stations with eye round of beef and cajun turkey breast, assorted rolls and aiolis, green beans almondine, roasted garlic herb potatoes, chocolate mousse, and beverages.
Following the buffet luncheon at noon, the WACS Westwinds, under the direction of Kent Knappenberger, provided the afternoon entertainment. Mr. Knappenberger was introduced by Emma Mason. The director won the first ever "Music Educator of the Year" award from the Grammy Foundation. He was chosen from a field of 30,000 nominees.
Performers of this select vocal group included students in grades 9 through 11. The seniors didn't participate due to another obligation. The blend of the vocalists was impressive. The many soloists displayed poise as they shared their talents. Instruments were incorporated into several of the selections. An ensemble within the Westwinds is the boys' group. The young men make a point of choosing songs with a positive message. The audience was especially touched by the rendition of "I Drive Your Truck." At the conclusion of the performance, the Westwinds received a standing ovation.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Westfield Memorial Hospital.