This past October 2nd, the Arnot Ogden Auxiliary celebrated 60 years of service, fund-raising and community outreach. Since 1953, over 3.3 million hours have been volunteered and over $4.3 million raised to go towards patient care. Today, with more than 600 active volunteers, their support continues to have a significantly positive impact on both the medical center and the community.
The day was dedicated to marking the occasion with a special display of photos, scrapbooks, and memorabilia open to the public, as well as a unique exhibit of Auxiliary members’ handiwork, showing off hidden talents. A reception for Auxiliary members was also held to spotlight achievements from over the past decade and to recognize members’ contributions, specifically that of retiring CEO, Anthony “Tony” Cooper, and his 27 years of leadership.
In her remarks, President Joy Perry had this to say about Mr. Cooper: “We know him as a wonderful commander-in-chief, who supported us in every way possible, who brought a personal touch to every encounter with volunteers and auxilians.” In honor of the Auxiliary’s 60th anniversary and as a tribute to Mr. Cooper, Ms. Perry presented a check for a donation of $60,000 to the Cooper Legacy Fund.
To top it off, to the tune of a well-known melody with the lyrics changed by Carol Balmer, Marge MacPherson, and Joy Perry, everyone joined in song to voice their appreciation of Mr. Cooper. Here’s an excerpt:
“So, take a bow, Tony. It’s hard to let you go, Tony.
You’ll always be a fav’rite in our hearts.”