Comparing its efforts to a finely woven tapestry, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation president Diana Vose swore in officers of the hospital's Guild for 2011-2012 on Tuesday, April 6 at New Moon Restaurant in Valencia.
"This group is an intricate, colorful tapestry woven on the loom of personalities with threads of courage, faith and ambition," Vose said. "We need the faith, hope, and guidance of our officers so that you may be the guiding example for the Guild's efforts this upcoming year."
The 2011-2012 Henry Mayo Guild board includes president Tamra Oliner-Levine, president elect Stacey Mayfield, vice president of membership Oriana John, treasurer Debra Weyand, corresponding secretary Mary Montoya, recording secretary Elaine Foderaro, historian Susan Beesley, and past president/parliamentarian Shelley Hann.
With a mission of enhancing patient care at Henry Mayo through annual fundraising events that include an annual fashion show, the Silver Rose Debutante and junior debutante programs, and the Serendipity Auction, the Guild has pledged a total of $1,062,750 in support since its inception in 1984.
This amount includes fully paid pledges of $332,800 to the hospital's medical-surgical units, a more recent pledge of $500,000 to laboratory services, and $60,000 to the expansion of the emergency room and cardiac cath lab.
Oliner-Levine, who will preside over a second term as president of the Guild, was presented with a red spool of thread by Vose and Andre Nikitin, the Foundation's director of development.
"Red symbolizes power and authority. It symbolizes courage in the tapestry, as you are responsible for leading the Guild with qualities of impartiality and strength," Vose said.
It was a task Oliner-Levine was excited to get started on, after she acknowledged her board.
"I want to thank you all. You made my experience so fabulous last year, that I thought, OK, I'll do it again," Oliner-Levine said. "The Guild is not one person, it is all of us. Everything we do is a lot of fun. In our meetings, it's like we're all a big circle of friends."
Oliner-Levine paused to hand out gorgeous crystal bracelets to each of the board members.
"It's a small thank you for being friends and for what you do for the hospital," she said. "I like to think of the Guild as party planners, with our debutante program, fashion show and serendipity auction. It's how we raise money. It's fun for a good cause."
According to Oliner-Levine, the Guild will work with other support groups of the hospital, such as the Holiday Home Tour League, at events throughout the year, adding a new facet to their regular events and programs.
As such, the Guild will participate as a group for the first time at the Henry Mayo/Frontier Toyota Drive Safe Golf Tournament at Valencia Country Club on May 21.
"We're all working towards the same goal, which is to help the hospital," Oliner-Levine said.
For more information on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild, call (661) 253-8051.