By Mr. Robert Shields (Army Medicine)May 21, 2014
The Brooke Army Medical Center Auxiliary recently held their annual Welfare Reception in San Antonio Military Medical Center on May 2.
Every year, a reception is held to recognize and honor dedicated Auxiliary volunteers and the Welfare committee for their hard work to help raise funds throughout the year to support BAMC's service mission. It is also when grants are distributed to BAMC and the Fisher House. This year, the BAMC Auxiliary donated more than $41,500 through their Welfare distribution to help support 37 BAMC departments throughout the facility.
The Center for the Intrepid aquatic's department received body boards and various therapy aids; Physical Therapy clinic received a stationary bicycle; Bone Marrow Transplant received educational books; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit received light diffusers, wall decals, preemie books; Ostomy Clinic received ostomy models; and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Unit received crochet project supplies for their patients and caregivers, to name a few.
The BAMC Auxiliary also presented BAMC's Fisher House Manager, Inge Godfrey, with a $57,000 check during the event. The funds were raised from their Annual Fisher House Charity Golf Tournament on April 14.
"We at the BAMC Auxiliary send a special thank you [BAMC staff], who provide world-class care to our service members, retirees, and their families," said BAMC Auxiliary President, Alice Holt. "Remarkable things are happening in military medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. The BAMC Auxiliary stands in awe of what you do and we are humbled to have the opportunity to support your efforts."
The BAMC Auxiliary is an organization for military spouses (active duty/retiree/widowed) in the San Antonio area. Their mission statement is to support the patients of Brooke Army Medical Center and the military community through service projects, fundraising and special events
The next Welfare distribution will begin in November 2014. For more information about the program, log onto www.bamcauxiliary.org or email to email@example.com.