JAN. 30, 2006 | More than $100,000 was raised for the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary during the 11th annual sale of Aromatique™ products on campus.
The record amount showed the event continued to be popular with
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“The sale is special because it raises a wonderful amount of money for the auxiliary while at the same time giving our employees the opportunity to purchase the high-quality Aromatique products at a tremendous discount,” said Michelle Elliott, president of the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary. “The sale is a special gift from the
Dick Upton is a past president of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board.
“Dick and I are very proud of UAMS and the world-class progress that is being made each day, and that pride is shared by all of our employees,” said Patti Upton. “We have found it very rewarding to combine our efforts with the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary and are passionate about being a part of an institution that is so very important to our state.”
The funds have been used for a variety of special projects. The money from the previous sale paid for prescriptions, transportation, and food for patients in need; free coffee in hospital waiting rooms; a thyroid ultrasound machine for the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and a film digitizer for the UAMS Department of Radiology. Funds also were given to the UAMS Emergency Department to support the Family Room for families and friends of patients.
The auxiliary will meet soon to decide how to spend the funds from the 2005 sale.
Past sales funded the purchase of specialized fetal monitors for newborns and ophthalmic laser equipment for the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute. Proceeds have helped fund testing of new vaccines for cervical and uterine cancer.
Gloria Wright, director of volunteer services at UAMS, praised the volunteers and UAMS employees that helped staff the sale as well as Aromatique employees Peggy Harris, Marilyn Wright and Suzan Ream, who helped set up the event. Their hard work allowed the sale to run smoothly, she said.