by Elizabeth Wehman, editor
ON A BACK TABLE in the room at the Annual “Silver Tray” Christmas meeting was this silver tray. It is there to accept any ‘silver change’ auxiliary members may want to contribute toward the causes and promotions of the Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary members. This year’s tray funds will go toward the “Going to a Higher Level” Emergency room campaign at Memorial Healthcare. Also shown is the Owosso Musicale group entertaining the crowd with their musical concert. (Independent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)
The Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary again sponsored their annual “Silver Tray” at the Mitchell Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The annual event is a long-time Christmas celebration for the Auxiliary dating as far back as 1953. The name of the event has changed through the years, but silver was used in the decorations and table linens and held at Nurse Jean Bach’s home. Many of the December meetings were held in the home of one of the members or a nurse and usually contained something in regards to silver whether in the decor or in the name. Christmas meetings before this date were held to honor new members to the group.
In 1989, the event also included a concert of some sort. This year’s festivities were accompanied by the Owosso Musicale members as they rang in the Christmas season and New Year with many holiday songs. Each table held a gift from the Four Season’s Gift Shop in the form of a silver bell. Members of the Auxiliary helped with the music by ringing their bells with the carolers through many of their selected songs.
Christmas events are a mainstay of the Auxiliary women and include photos with Santa, tree ornament sales, and raffles which to go to fund community projects.
The next event for the Auxiliary group will be their Spring Fashion Show.