The Executive Board of the Overlook Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce that the Auxiliary is donating $177,000 to Overlook Hospital this week. The gift is being directed to 3 separate areas. The largest portion of the gift, $150,000, is earmarked to assist in the development of the new Caregiver's Center which is currently under development. When it opens the Caregiver's Center at Overlook Hospital will seek to help family caregivers obtain the information, support and respite they need to preserve not only their critical role as caregivers but also enable them to maintain the balance of work, family and care giving responsibilities. It will be the only Center of its kind in New Jersey and will be located just off the main lobby of the hospital.

A gift in the amount of $25,000 is being used to completely re-do the 3rd floor Solarium which primarily serves as a refuge for patients and family members who are dealing with Cancer. The solarium provides a space where families can gather, relax and just be families while facing many difficult issues. The Auxiliary is currently working with a local decorator to completely refurbish the existing room and provide a comforting and functional area, updated with the latest cozy touches, for these patients.

The Auxiliary has also initiated a new annual grant of $2,000 which will be given to the Palliative Care Department to provide Comfort Baskets. Each basket will be individually created so as to provide each patient dealing with end-of-life issues a personal, comforting gift from the hospital.

The Executive Board members of the Auxiliary believe that these three donations will greatly enhance patient care at Overlook Hospital. Funding for this major gift was derived solely through profits from The Gift Shop and Bloom at Overlook Hospital, a branch of the Auxiliary. The Gift Shop prides itself on finding a wide variety of unique gifts for any occasion, from one-of-a-kind jewelry and apparel to calming, exotic teas, as well as many of the basic needs that a patient might require while staying at the hospital. Bloom, which is managed by florist Laura Wrong, makes available competitively priced beautiful bouquets not only for patients but also for your dining room table. With curbside pick-up for your floral arrangements, nothing could be easier. They also have access to several floral wire services. With a call to Bloom anyone can send flowers anywhere in the world. The Gift Shop manager, Mary D'Amiano, and Dorothy Butler, Shops Trustee, were thrilled to be able to present the check for $177,000 to the Auxiliary Board. As Mary said, "The best part of shopping at The Gift Shop and Bloom is that all of our profits go directly towards funding and supporting the hospital, its patients and the greater community!"