SUMMIT, NJ - For a century, the dedicated volunteers of the Overlook Auxiliary have supported Overlook Medical Center, with 'The Gift Shop & Bloom' -- located on the main floor of the hospital and staffed by Auxiliary volunteers -- serving as their main fundraising component. In 2015 alone, more than $105,000 was donated by the Auxiliary through 'The Gift Shop & Bloom' to benefit vital patient services.
The Auxiliary’s Gift Shop is a boutique boasting a variety of tasteful jewelry, handbags, scarves and apparel, as well as baby gifts and toys. The Gift Shop is also known for personalized gift, fruit, and gourmet baskets which can be delivered locally. Currently, the Gift Shop is featuring a unique take on the concept of 'Eat Local' -- honey from the Overlook Medical Center honey bees.
The Auxiliary’s Bloom offers the expertise of a professional floral designer. Flowers arrive directly from Holland, to ensure that only the freshest “blooms” are used in every floral design. Arrays of choices are offered daily in the large floral display case. Seasonal plants and dish gardens are available for purchase and delivery as well.
Combined, 'The Gift Shop & Bloom' has captured the attention of the Summit community with its distinctive gifts, beautiful floral arrangements, and excellent customer service.
The Overlook Auxiliary and its volunteers have, for 100 years, cultivated a compassionate and comforting environment throughout the entire Overlook Medical Center community with active volunteering and imaginative fundraising. Featuring more than 300 active members, the Auxiliary supports important medical center programs including The Valerie Center for pediatric cancer and blood disorders, the Eating Disorders Program, Hospice/Homecare, Oncology Center, Palliative Care, Pastoral Care, and Social Services.
The Auxiliary also funds annual nursing scholarships for deserving candidates, and has contributed funding for large projects including the Caregiver's Center, the Emergency Department and the Pediatric Playroom, while also running a biennial Kitchen Tour which features several of the area's fabulous, private kitchens.
“In 1916, sixteen ladies got together for the benefit of their community hospital. They folded bandages, sewed linens and redecorated hospital rooms," said Elsa Russell, Co-President of the Overlook Auxiliary. "From those early days the Auxiliary has grown into so much more. An important part of a community is its hospital; and as members of this community we are proud to support Overlook Medical Center with our fund raising endeavors and plan to do so for another 100 years. After all, it is our dedicated members who make the Auxiliary a viable organization.”