June 16, 2020
Dear Palo Alto Auxiliary Members,
First, I apologize for not keeping in better touch with all of you. I just haven’t given enough time to Auxiliary business in the last 2-1/2 months and hope to do better, starting now. Still, I hope that you are well and have been finding your way on this new path.
We are certainly living in an unusual time – all this “sheltering in place” with so many of our regular activities and entertainments put on hold. This has been a great time to tackle that long “to do” list, get to the books one has meant to read, write your memoir (as my husband is doing), etc. but adjusting to not seeing friends and family can also have been a bit lonely. I do hope you have kept well and found peace and pleasure in a slower pace than your regular routine.
FABRIC MASKS NEEDED AT LPCH
Under the leadership of our Cathy Murphy with Hearts and Hands and PAA’s Thora’s Thimbles, we have been making fabric masks for use by parents, siblings and visitors at LPCH. The hospital wants all we can make so, if you can help, please call Cathy at 650-324-8777 to volunteer. She has all the supplies you will need and will be very happy to have more sewers!
SUMMER SCAMPER – Final Push – Letter from the chairman attached:
Just a reminder, the virtual Summer Scamper is this Sunday and the Association of Auxiliaries’ Team needs more members. Remember, it’s virtual so you choose your activity (or no activity, no running or scampering unless you prefer) and there is no registration fee. Of course, you are free to donate funds toward the Association’s goal of raising $10,000 for the work of the Department of Patient Experience. So, we could help offset our limited fundraising opportunities this year by making a donation. To do my part in bolstering the team, I’m registering my family. (It’s not too late.) Be sure to see Lisa Cheskin’s letter below.
NO SUMMER GARDEN PARTY AND SILENT AUCTION
As I’m sure you know, our auxiliary activities have been greatly curtailed lately and it looks like that will continue for a while more. We’ve been hoping that all would be back to “normal” in time for our Summer Garden Party and Silent Auction on August 15th but that doesn’t seem likely. So, reluctantly, that, too, will not happen this year. We’re still hoping the Nutcracker Tea in November can happen but only time will tell. Of course, we need to be sure our members and guests would be safe in attending the event.
ASSOCIATION OF AUXILIARIES – ENDOWMENT FUND
Really good things have been supported by the Association of Auxiliaries Endowment Fund recently. The Fund board and committee members have met several times via “Zoom.com” to hear presentations from various departments at LPCH requesting funding for special projects, to consider those requests, and finally, to determine which ones will receive funding in August. A total of $1,102,170 will be paid out for projects including equipping maternity with wireless fetal monitors, immersive technology for oncology treatment, training equipment for the SIM Center and for Neonatology, additional resources for Social Services, efforts to identify and prevent child abuse, improving utilization of telehealth in pediatric rheumatology and improving parent comfort in the Intermediate Care Nursery. Please contact PAA’s June Schiller (650-326-7945 or email@example.com) if you would like to join the endowment fund
Two more of our members have passed away. They are Marie Batten and Gail Sachs. I don't know any details in either situation but we will be sending a donation to the Foundation in each lady’s memory.
Please take care of yourself and stay well.
President, Palo Alto Auxiliary
As you all know, for this year’s Summer Scamper, we formed the first-ever Association of Auxiliaries Team to raise $10,000 for the Department of Patient Experience to purchase 1300 comfort kits. We also aspire to have the largest team in Scamper history – 250 participants. To date, we have raised $5410 and registered 58 participants. We have a ways to go by this weekend’s virtual Summer Scamper! To register, all you need to do is click the link below to get to the Association’s team page and select the “JOIN TEAM” button. Contact Lisa Norcia Cheskin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-460-8788 at any time with registration questions.
For a little inspiration, see here a photo of some family members receiving comfort kits from hospital staff.
Also, we are hoping that, as depicted in the picture below, we will be able to add our logo to the comfort kits purchased with our Scamper donations. A great promotion of our organizations!