DEC. 10, 2004 | The10th annual Aromatique sale to benefit the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary brought in $65,000, bringing the total raised over 10 years to more than $659,000.
The sale, held Nov. 5 in the Jeff Banks Student Union at the
“It’s been a wonderful partnership. This year’s sale was one of the Auxiliary’s largest events ever,” said UAMS Volunteer Services Director Liz Genz, who marked her 10th year to coordinate the fund-raiser.
Genz presented a watercolor portrait to Aromatique Director of Publicity Peggy Harris the day of the sale to thank the company, owned by Patti and Dick Upton of Heber Springs. The painting, by UAMS graphic artist and watercolorist Lynn Bell, hangs in Aromatique’s headquarters in Heber Springs. Dick Upton is on the UAMS Foundation board.
The Auxiliary uses the money for hospital projects such as the UAMS Family Home, which provides housing to families of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. The money also has been used to buy equipment for the hospital and fund cancer research at the
The event begins long before the doors open at 7 a.m. the day of the sale. The preceding week, Aromatique employees
It took a full day to pack the tractor-trailer donated for the service by Plant Truck Line in Heber Springs. UAMS volunteers help unload the truck and stack the items around the Student Union, transforming it into a huge boutique smelling of cinnamon, Christmas trees, eggnog and other scents.
Aromatique employees Peggy Harris,
Mary Cantrell, director of the
UAMS is one of the top research hospitals in the
UAMS has been able to purchase numerous pieces of advanced medical equipment, such as specialized fetal monitors for newborns and Ophthalmic Laser Equipment for the