Wreaths, trees and more: Time for the Pomerene Auxiliary Christmas Festival fundraiser

Emma Carpenter (left) and Ruth Hershberger, members of the Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary, helped decorate and set up last year for the annual Christmas Festival at the Berlin Grande Hotel. The 2022 event will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3.
(Photo: Kevin Lynch/Wooster Daily Record)
Emma Carpenter (left) and Ruth Hershberger, members of the Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary, helped decorate and set up last year for the annual Christmas Festival at the Berlin Grande Hotel. The 2022 event will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. (Photo: Kevin Lynch/Wooster Daily Record)

BERLIN TWP. ‒ A fundraising event that is sure to lift spirits while providing seasonal beauty describes the 13th annual Pomerene Auxiliary Christmas Festival coming to the Berlin Grande Hotel.

The festival will be open to the public Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the conference room of the hotel at 4787 Township Road 366. Admission is $5 per person. Children 14 and under are free.

An array of trees, wreaths, centerpieces and locally-made furniture will available for purchase, according to Cindy Yoder, volunteer services coordinator with the Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary. All items are donated and decorated by local businesses.

One of the many Christmas wreaths and centerpieces sold at last year's Pomerene Hospital Christmas Festival at the Berlin Grande Hotel. The 2022 event takes place this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3.
(Photo: Kevin Lynch/Wooster Daily Record)
One of the many Christmas wreaths and centerpieces sold at last year's Pomerene Hospital Christmas Festival at the Berlin Grande Hotel. The 2022 event takes place this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. (Photo: Kevin Lynch/Wooster Daily Record)

Yoder enjoys seeing familiar faces and welcoming additional businesses and organizations to show their support for the hospital.

"I'm always impressed by how much thought goes into these decorations," Yoder said. "We have such a caring, giving community, that in times like we are in right now, people are even more willing to give than ever before."

Partnership between Pomerene Auxiliary and Berlin Grande

Suzie Robb, director of sales for Berlin Grande, said the festival is another great event for Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary. She is glad the hotel is part of the celebration.

"We have enjoyed helping the organizers every year for their event (this year is their 13th year)," Robb said. "Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary celebrates their 50th anniversary this year.

Volunteers from the Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary helped transform the conference center at the Berlin Grande Hotel into the home of the Pomerene Hospital Christmas Festival that takes place Friday and Saturday in Berlin.
(Photo: Kevin Lynch/Wooster Daily Record)
Volunteers from the Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary helped transform the conference center at the Berlin Grande Hotel into the home of the Pomerene Hospital Christmas Festival that takes place Friday and Saturday in Berlin. (Photo: Kevin Lynch/Wooster Daily Record)

"It’s been a pleasure to give them a place to host the event and to work with all of the ladies who help put the event on the day of, the days leading up to the event and the months before the event," she continued.

She also looks forward to next year. Robb said the volunteers begin working on that event as soon as this year's event is over.

What does the Pomerene Auxiliary?

There are currently 45 Pomerene volunteers, of which most are members of the auxiliary. The auxiliary is the fundraising branch focusing its support on Pomerene Hospital in its mission to “Care for our Community’s Health.”

Yoder noted the some of the past projects the auxiliary has been responsible for include helping purchase a transportation van, remodeling the obstetrics waiting room area, purchasing new dining room, a new air conditioning unit for the emergency department, along with many other projects throughout the years. The most recent donation was used for a refresh of the ambulatory care unit.

All proceeds from the Christmas Festival are used for the purchase of patient care equipment and facility improvements.

None of the donations would be possible without the auxiliary, as well as the community they help serve, Robb said.

Yoder thanked the monetary sponsors as well as those who provided items.

Any questions, please contact the Pomerene Hospital Volunteer Office at 330-674-1584, ext. 1100.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: 2021 Christmas Festival fundraiser for Pomerene Auxiliary on Dec. 2-3