/////Aromatique Sale Raises Record $100,000 for UAMS
Aromatique Sale Raises Record $100,000 for UAMS 2018-01-05T09:16:49+00:00

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 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences employees, many of whom wheeled out carts stacked high with candles, fragrances and holiday arrangements. The Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 sales held on the UAMS campus offered an opportunity to find some holiday decorations or just the right Christmas present.


The Heber Springs, Ark., company, founded and owned by Patti and Dick Upton, has donated merchandise each year for sale at a discount to employees. Proceeds from the event, which has raised more than $750,000 in the 11 years, go to the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary, which divides the money among several programs at UAMS.


“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 Uptons that showcases not only their support for our institution but also their special appreciation of our staff at all levels.”


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.