By MARK ST.J. COUHIG
The Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic now has another $12,000 in its coffers, thanks to a generous gift from the Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild.
The clinic, which provides quality basic medical care to uninsured and under-insured people who live in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, was the biggest beneficiary during the guild’s annual May luncheon. More than 150 guild volunteers and other supporters were on hand at 7 Cedars Casino on Wednesday, May 25, to see the new officers installed and a number of gifts delivered.
Jean Janis, who returned as president, introduced new vice-president Addie Curtis, new treasurer Mary Ann Huffman and new thrift shop co-chairman Sue Tondreau. Returning secretary Donna Huswick and returning thrift shop co-chairman Connie Hixon also were recognized.
While they were having fun, the gathered crew also did good work, raising a record-breaking $2,300 with a silent auction.
Three local students each were honored with $1,500 scholarships. Lesley Everett and David Lewis of Port Angeles each received a scholarship, as did Sequim’s Anna Fox, who currently studies at the University of Washington. To date the guild has handed out more than $430,000 in scholarships to local students.
Another $1,650 in scholarship assistance was given to the School of Nursing at Peninsula College.
The guild also provided several grants to Olympic Medical Center, including $5,400 for an electric wheel chair, $1,850 for a Welch-Allen “Spot for Vital Signs” and $1,775 for an NK Knee Exercise Table for post-operative knee surgery therapy. To date the guild has given more than $660,000 in gifts to OMC.
In its 41-year history, the guild has raised more than $1,720,000 from sales at its thrift shop, which is at 204 W. Bell St. in Sequim.
To join the guild or to volunteer, call the thrift shop at 683-7044.