Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary to Host Gala

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The Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting its inaugural Gala on June 8 at Antrim Celebrations in Columbia to support the service organization’s work-based learning program for the next generation of health care professionals.

The Gala — presented by Protech, DB’s and Muletown Rec — will feature a plated dinner, cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. Local musician Thom Ellis will perform during the cocktail hour and eight-piece Top Tier Band, based out of Nashville, will provide dance music to close the evening’s events.

“The Auxiliary is incredibly excited to host our first-ever Gala,” said Auxiliary President and Gala Chair Nancy Hunter. “We look forward to sharing a fun evening with our community, while helping to support our initiatives that give back to our current and future health care professionals.”

The Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is a service organization that formed before the first patient was admitted to the hospital in 1953. In the time since, volunteers have continued to offer valuable assistance and support in a variety of areas throughout the medical center. The Auxiliary has also provided more than $2.5 million in financial contributions to Maury Regional Health through fundraising efforts by volunteers to support an array of projects, including the Care-a-Van shuttle service, chapel, conference rooms, scholarships for local students, $100,000 toward the purchase of Maury Regional Health’s mobile medical unit, four K-9 security dogs and much more.

The work-based learning program is a new addition to the Auxiliary’s programs — facilitated through Maury Regional Health’s Volunteer Services Department — that allows local high school students to learn from professionals at Maury Regional Health and gain valuable real-world experience. The program is in partnership with Maury County Public Schools and provides students the opportunity to job shadow in various clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital for two hours each week throughout the school year. The program is open to all seniors at Maury County Public Schools.

“The work-based learning program is an excellent opportunity for students to develop the necessary skills that will make them successful in any workplace, such as a strong work ethic, effective communication, time management, customer service and an understanding of career expectations,” said Director of Volunteer Services Cindy Short.

In addition, the Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will soon be offering a Work-based Learning Scholarship. Beginning in 2025, work-based learning participants with Maury Regional Medical Center as their host site will be able to apply for this scholarship to support their post-secondary school education.

“I am thrilled to share that the Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is once again investing in the future of our community through the work-based learning program,” Short said. “As a community-based hospital, it’s a source of pride to know that we are collectively reshaping the lives and communities we serve.”

In addition to supporting the new Work-based Learning Scholarship, proceeds raised during the Gala will also support a new nursing scholarship through the Auxiliary.

The Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Gala is cocktail-attire and will take place Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at Antrim Celebrations located at 2759 Pulaski Highway in Columbia. Tickets are $150 per person and are non-refundable, with $75 of that amount being tax-deductible. RSVPs are requested by May 25 and may be submitted online at MauryRegional.com/Gala.

Additional sponsors of the Gala include Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Adams, Blythewood Inn, TriStar Bank, Redman-Davis Insurance and Listerhill Credit Union. For sponsorship commitments, please contact [email protected].

To learn more about the Maury Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and its volunteer program, visit MauryRegional.com/Volunteer or call 931.380.4047. Students interested in learning more about the work-based learning program should contact their school’s guidance counselor, HOSA or CTE coordinators or health science teacher.

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