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.
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.
"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