Service League raises $38,400 with fundraiser
King City Rustler, Feb 2011
Several community members found themselves handcuffed and locked in jail last Friday, not for crimes committed, but to help Mee Memorial Hospital raise needed funds. Suzanne Krause, Craig Wiley, John Ramirez, Camille Sana, Val Bassetti and Joe Silveira all took part in the annual Do-Gooders event, organized by the Mee Memorial Hospital Service League. Participants were arrested, handcuffed, dressed in prison costumes, read their Miranda Rights and locked in jail until they raised bail, which was set at $5,000 each.
The jail was setup in the hospitals main lobby and each Do-Gooder was given a phonebook, then instructed to use their cell phones to call as many people as possible to raise the $5,000 each. Each participant was served a last meal os sausage casserole, fruit, a cinnamon roll, coffee and orange juice before being locked up.
“I made a list of people to call before I came in” Silveira said. “It’s a great cause and I was in there with a few friends, so I don’t mind helping out the hospital. It was a lot of fun and we raised a good amount of money.”
A total of $38,400 was raised this year, and all funds will be used to purchase equipment and other items considered to be necessary to the comfort and health of patients. Last year, the Do-Gooders event helped purchase wheelchairs and televisions for the patients. Another item recently purchased with funds from the Do-gooders was an acrylic display board for the hospital to recruit nursing staff. The board is used by the human resources department. The long-term goal is to raise enough money to purchase a digital mammography machine for the hospital. While the hope is that each Do-Gooder will raise $5,000, reaching a total of $30,000, last year, participants were able to raise $37,000 in total.
“This is just a fun way to raise money for a good cause,” said Janet Oswald chair of the Do-Gooders event and member of the Service League, “It started about 4 years ago and has been a success every year. It really gets people in town excited. “Because everyone knows how much we need our hospital and how much we need to help it.”
The Do-Gooders were chosen after Service League member created a list of potential candidates in the community and approached them one by one. “This year everyone we asked said yes” Oswald said. ‘Earlier this month we actually approached them in person and handed them a summons that they had to report to the hospital for booking.”
After each Do-Gooder reached their bail amount, they were given a certificate and had their picture taken. Those who agreed to donate can either bring their check to the hospital’s gift shop or mail it to 300 Canal st. All checks should be made out to Mee Memorial Hospital Service League. “I think it is just wonderful what the service league does for the hospital, and I am glad to help in any ways I can.” Bassetti said. “When they first approached me I was a little hesitant, but they eventually persuaded me. It was a lot of fun and I was locked up with a few friends.” Now that this years Do-Gooders event was another success, members of the Service League can begin planning their next hospital fundraiser, which will be a Rummage Sale held on March 26 at at the IOOF Hall. All proceeds raised in the Rummage Sale will go toward benefiting the hospital as well.