The recent Women’s Guild Spring Luncheon was a huge success with over 130 people attending. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and many left weighed down with beautiful gift baskets. Everything received “cheers,” from the elegant centerpieces to the tasty menu. Thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication, a substantial amount of money was raised for the Society’s programs for children with special needs.
The Guild presented its 2016 Dorothy M. Kammer Volunteer Service Award to the Columbiettes Auxiliary, #5917, of the Fr. John C. Drumgoole Council, Knights of Columbus. The award honors a person or organization that has acted unselfishly and above the call of duty to serve the Staten Island community and its most vulnerable citizens.
An example of the support given to the SIMHS is the Council’s annual “All-You-Can-Eat” Breakfast that is planned and carried out by the Auxiliary. Over the past 11 years, this event has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the Society’s programs. The Columbiettes have also assisted SIMHS‘s neediest families by donating holiday food baskets, clothing and gifts to economically disadvantaged clients.
During the luncheon, an array of valuable sweepstakes prizes, ranging from theme baskets to artwork, were up for bid in the Chinese Auction, and raffle tickets sold briskly.
The Dorothy Kammer Volunteer Service Award is named for a former SIMHS Director of Community Relations. Ms. Kammer was employed by the Society for many years and was a founder of the Women’s Guild in 1959. “Dorothy also gave thousands of hours of her personal time as a volunteer, especially in the service of children with special needs.