UNION — The Union Medical Center Volunteers had their most successful book sale in the history of their fundraising efforts and are looking forward to continuing that success with their upcoming jewelry and accessories sale.
Volunteer Coordinator Greta Bailey said that the book sale, which was held in November, produced sales totaling more that $21,000.
“We had two events, the first one was the book sale and that sale was our most successful on record,” Bailey said. “Our sales topped $21,000 and it featured everything from comforters to laptops, Christmas decorations, speakers, and tablets.
“As usual, the volunteers will get a percentage of the sale’s proceeds,” she said. “Due to the phenomenal sales we’ll get a higher percentage.”
Bailey said the volunteers will hold their next book sale in mid-April.
The second fundraiser in November was the bake sale and Bailey said it too was very successful.
“Our bake sale is always hugely popular,” Bailey said. “Our volunteers prepare homemade goods from cakes to pies and cookies and breads. We started out at seven o’clock and we were sold out by seven forty-five. We made a little over $750.”
Bailey said the volunteers have two bake sales a year with the first taking place around Easter and the second around Thanksgiving.
The Volunteers’ next fundraiser will be the $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale on Monday, Dec. 21 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Union Medical Center.
Bailey pointed out that the proximity of the sale to Christmas has made it especially popular.
“Everyone loves this sale, it is great for last minute Christmas items and stocking stuffers,” Bailey said. “We will have jewelry, tote bags, a little bit of everything, all of it for $5.”
The fundraisers are annual events for the Volunteers who use the funds raised to help high school students pursuing a career in health care with the cost of tuition.
“With all of the volunteer sales, all the money raised will go toward the Employee Scholarship Program,” Bailey said. “It goes to Union County High School students entering the medical field. Each award is for $750 and we usually award three per semester although last fall we awarded six.”
Bailey is also Executive Director of the Union County Healthcare Foundation and she also talked about the Foundation’s Christmas Gala 2015 which will be held this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
“This will be our first Christmas Gala and we hope to make it an annual event,” Bailey said. “It will be in the lodge building at Veterans Memorial Park. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by DJ Motown Bobby and there will be dancing.
“We will have silent auctions throughout the evening and some of the auction items will be Carolina- and Clemson-themed Christmas trees, natural wreaths, and hand-crafted Christmas decor,” she said. “Hors d’oeuvres will be served and, for those Clemson fans attending, there will be a private viewing area where we will be showing the Clemson game.”
Like all Healthcare Foundation fundraisers, Bailey said the funds raised by the Christmas Gala will go to purchase equipment for the Union Medical Center.
Bailey said tickets to Christmas Gala 2015 cost $25 and can be purchased at Union Medical Center, WBCU, and Paradise Home Center. She said that tickets will also be sold at the door.
For more information about Christmas Gala 2015 and the Union County Healthcare Foundation call 864-301-2466.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.