Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary
We are proud to say the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary has been in existence for 63 years. Presently, over 700 members continue the work of our 18 founding volunteers, who guide us on the road "to promote and expand Cape Cod Hospital facilities and services to the highest quality and philanthropy."
Currently, we are engaged in our largest pledge of $1.5 million to the Cardiac Care Center. Since 1953, when records were initiated, the Auxiliary has, through specific pledges, contributed $6,338,871.00 which included two one million dollar pledges for the hospital's first dual linear accelerator and for state-of-the-art equipment at the Breast Care Center. When we complete this pledge the total contribution will be $6,953,846.00 continuing the auxiliary's distinction of being the largest donor to Cape Cod Hospital.
History of the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary
In 1930, small groups of women from Yarmouth and other Cape Cod villages met in private homes to sew for Cape Cod Hospital. In 1942, the auxiliary was officially organized by Mrs. Gorham Bacon, the wife of a New York doctor and a Trustee of Cape Cod Hospital. Inviting 18 interested women to her home for a buffet supper, she set forth her plan to organize an auxiliary. After World War II, since it had grown substantially in size, the group was divided geographically into village branches, forming the nucleus of our present structure consisting of four branches (Barnstable, Yarmouth Port, Orleans, Chatham).
Things haven't changed much since the early years. Branch meetings are held monthly in order to plan fund-raisers, such as fashion shows, bridge parties, raffles, craft sales, bake sales, a Holly Berry bazaar, a golf tournament and Tag Day. Between formal branch meetings we gather as committee members in our homes to organize each event. Two branches continue to sew, one by making comfort pillows for surgical patients at the hospital, and the other to make puppets for the pediatric patients, plus knitting baby caps for the 1,000 newborns who arrive annually at Cape Cod Hospital.
Our Gift Shop grew from a tray bearing goodies, to a cart, then a room, and finally to its present location in the hospital lobby where beautiful gift items and necessities can be purchased. Our Thrift Shop, rated as one of the best in the state, carries superb gently used clothing, plus a large selection of lovely gift and useful household items.
Members of the auxiliary are hard-working, dedicated volunteers. Whether you are a member of a branch, contributing hours at one of the two shops, or even participating in both activities, the camaraderie among the group is unsurpassed and all consider it a labor of love, for there is no reward other than one's own satisfaction.
Auxiliary Thrift Shop
Location: Corner of Main and Stevens Street on the West End of Downtown Hyannis
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Saturday
Christine Greeley, Chairman
Debra Rossi, Manager
The Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and staffed by its members. The Shop
is dependent solely on donations from the public and it's truly a community effort. The mission of
the Thrift Shop is in providing Capital Funding to Cape Cod Hospital. The Shop also provides an
opportunity for the public to obtain first-quality merchandise at a reasonable price.
It is a Thrift Shop with a "Boutique" Look. It is air-conditioned, has private dressing rooms, and has
clean attractive displays. Browsing is encouraged where you will find friendly, knowledgeable staff,
who will always be willing to help you out. You can even consider giving someone a gift certificate
so they can take advantage of the wonderful buys. The inventory is extensive and includes everything
from clothing, jewelry, household items, sporting goods, shoes, pocketbooks, and miscellaneous items
too numerous to list.
Volunteers are always needed and would be greatly appreciated. It is a wonderful place to work.
Please call Debra Rossi at 508-775-0078 for more information.