WESTFIELD - The Westfield Memorial Hospital Regional Auxiliary Board of Directors announces the plans for the board's annual luncheon, "Celebrating Spring." The event will be held Saturday at the Athenaeum Hotel on the scenic grounds of Chautauqua Institution.
Once again this year, a buffet will be served which includes the following: mixed greens salad with assorted dressings, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and asparagus with basil oil and balsamic reduction, oven roasted pork loin with fig port reduction, vegetable lasagna with charred tomato sauce, chef's choice of seasonal vegetables, grilled artisan flatbreads, grilled salmon with pineapple cilantro sauce, Spanish rice pilaf, oven baked corn pudding, assorted breads and rolls, assorted cakes and cookies, and chocolate dipped strawberries. Beverage choices will include coffee, tea, iced tea, water and lemonade. This menu will be enjoyed by all in attendance.
There will also be vendors of various wares to satisfy the shoppers. They will be set up in the lobby of the hotel and will be available from 9 a.m. until the end of the event. At this time, some of the vendors include Touch of Glass, The Farm Bell, Tastefully Simple, Uptown Dresser, Pampered Chef, Parklane, Carolyn's Dried Flowers, Johnson Estate, Martha Frey Gifts, Jamberry Nails, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the WMH Auxiliary Table of ornaments.
The new 2012 WMH Auxiliary ornament, sixth in the series of collectible ornaments, will be available at the luncheon. This year's subject portrayed on the ornament is the historic Patterson Library. Magnets and thimbles will also be available. In addition, the Auxiliary Lottery Tree will be displayed and tickets will be sold. The winner will be drawn at the closing of the luncheon. This year's grand prize is a one night's stay and dinner courtesy of Westfield's The Brick House Bed and Breakfast and The Bark Grill Restaurant. The winner of this prize will be drawn from the event tickets turned in upon arrival at the luncheon. A Chinese auction will be ongoing throughout the event. Each event ticket holder will receive two free Chinese auction tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased if desired.
The schedule for the event is as follows: 9 a.m., vendors open and coffee and a sweet treat will be available to shoppers; noon, buffet served in the parlor to be followed by a musical performance by the Westwinds. Winners of the Chinese auction, the drawing for the lottery tree raffle and the grand prize drawing will conclude the scheduled events for the day. The vendors will remain open.
The proceeds from this fundraiser will enable the auxiliary to continue to fund projects for the benefit of Westfield Memorial Hospital. Included in recent projects of the auxiliary are furnishing, accessorizing, painting, and carpeting the main lobby, the Emergency Room waiting area, and the Women's Wellness Suite. Other contributions were made to fund additional projects within the hospital.
Tickets are available from all members of the Auxiliary Board or by calling Marilyn Hemmer at 326-3504. Tickets can also be purchased at Four Seasons or Mathews Jewelers in Westfield. The price for the all inclusive event remains at $25 and the parking on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket purchasers are reminded to write their name and address on the back of their ticket to be eligible for the grand prize.
As in the past, the grounds of historic Chautauqua Institution and the Athenaeum Hotel will provide scenic and classic elegance to be enjoyed by all attendees.