GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club paired with Holzer Heritage Foundation on Monday to conduct a “Stock Your Cellar” wine raffle to raise funds for the Maternity and Family Unit in Holzer Hospital.
“I am the head of the committee for this raffle,” said Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club member, Shayna Chapman. “The raffle was created when I was president (of GJWC) and so we’ve carried it on from there. This is our third (raffle). The money each year goes to something different. The money from this year’s raffle will help the Maternity and Family Unit at Holzer (Hospital) to put rocking chairs in. The money goes to the Holzer Heritage Foundation, which is the nonprofit arm of the hospital, so that we can specifically request rocking chairs for the unit.”
Chapman said several of the club’s members had given birth recently and noticed there were no rocking chairs in the unit. She said that was typically something donated to a hospital and not something the facility purchased.
Tickets were bought one for $10 and three for $20. Bridgit Harris won the grand prize and took home 50 bottles of wine. Cami Rocchi and Dawn Halstead won second place and each received a case of 12 bottles of wine. After which, 29 more prizes in gift baskets, special expensive wine bottles, six-bottle, three-bottle set winners along with single-bottle winners. Some individuals were noted to win more than once. According to Chapman, a total of 32 winners were selected over the course of the evening.
According to Chapman, roughly 120 to 140 bottles were handed out over the course of the evening. GJCW members noted the event was “very successful,” raising approximately $3,600. There were 44 donors for the event.
Local band “She and I” provided entertainment during the event.
“I would like to say that a lot of things at the hospital work on donations that people might not be aware of,” Chapman said. “People know about the cancer center and senior outreach, but there are so many other things like these rocking chairs and the televisions in your room. A little kid on the pediatrics floor having a birthday, there’s a fund that allows them to have a birthday cake. To me, that’s kind of important because its so small but so big. They do those things now at Holzer (Hospital) through donations.”
Chapman noted that this was the women’s club’s way of helping the Holzer Heritage Foundation and encouraged others to lend support to the organization.
According to Linda Lester, manager of the Holzer Heritage Foundation, the organization was the nonprofit unit of Holzer Health System. The foundation would “receive gifts for any entity in the system.”
“For example, if wanted to make a donation to the physical therapy department, you could make your check payable to the Holzer Heritage Foundation and earmark it for therapy services,” Lester said. “It will get where it needs to go.”
Lester said one of the foundation’s big focuses were on a wellness center for the health system.
“Donations are more important than ever to health systems,” Lester said.
Lester said such charities and foundations were beginning to catch up with academic medical institutions in being more proactive in searching for donations for specific units inside of health systems.
“This kind of an event is very helpful when you’re out in the community and people see a partnership with a group as well-known as (Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club),” Lester said.
According to Lester, some of the rocking chairs can cost upwards of $500 to $600 each because they had to meet “specifications.” Chairs need to be cleanable and maintain a degree of durability as they are used frequently.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.