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10-11-03: Many themes for one cause


ST. MARYS — A tisket. A tasket. Creativity and goodies combined in an attractive basket.
Anne Larger, community outreach coordinator at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, had no idea what to expect when she issued a challenge to various hospital departments.
Select a theme and create a gift basket to be sold at auction during Casino Night for Cancer on Oct. 25 at the Galleria in Celina. Winners would come away with pizza coupons and bragging rights.
“I expected eight or maybe 10 baskets,” Larger said looking over tables bearing 21 unique entries. “This is an overwhelming response from creative and generous team players.”
Carrie Homan, who works in the administrative office, believes the competition sparked camaraderie throughout the hospital.
“Everything was hush-hush in the beginning,” she admitted with a chuckle. “Then spies went to work trying to find out the themes. Pizza and bragging rights are powerful incentives. All kidding aside, participants had fun collaborating for a worthwhile cause.”
Patients in the sixth-floor transitional care unit and their families cast the deciding votes.
The transitional care unit staff faced stiff competition, but their “Tailgate Party” entry saluting The Ohio State University Buckeyes garnered the most votes.
Unit clerks Claudine Hawk and Bernie Newbauer accepted the accolades on behalf of the department. No date has been set for the celebration party financed with $50 in coupons provided by Pizza Hut.
“One of our residents suggested an Ohio State theme,” Newbauer said. “Everybody got in on the action by donating items.”
Instead of a basket, they settled on a 48-quart cooler and added an array of scarlet and gray items ranging from a key chain and mug to an OSU scarf and hat.
The telemetry department (coronary care and intensive care) finished second with “Down Memory Lane,” a gift certificate and a collection of antique items arranged in a faux leather chest. They, too, will enjoy a pizza party thanks to $30 in coupons.
It seems appropriate physical therapy and occupational therapy employees should celebrate their third-place finish with $20 in pizza coupons. Beginning with a large basket, their “Taste of Italy” entry included a veritable smorgasbord of pasta products, sauces and spices. The high bidder won’t be left in a quandry about what to make because there is a large cookbook chockful of tasty suggestions.
The gals in pediatrics intended to put all their toys, games, crayons, books and candy into a basket. However, they couldn’t find one big enough. They ultimately settled for a shiny red wagon and dubbed the entry “Radio Flyer Fun.”
Radiology offers a lucky bidder the opportunity of being “Queen for a Day” with assorted body care products and even a sparkling tiara. A whimsical stuffed cow urges the recipient “To get in the mooood for a massage” with an accompanying gift certificate.
The emergency crew cooked up a “Red Hot Emergency” complete with assorted hot sauces, salsas, chips and margarita mixes. Boxed keepsakes and a gift certificate to a Mexican restaurant round out the offerings sure to light a fire under someone’s bonnet.
Housekeeping employees put together “Handy Dandy Tool Kit” featuring assorted hand tools, a flashlight and even an all-purpose measuring tape. There’s even Bob the Builder bandages in the event a project takes a nasty turn.
Other participating departments and their entry themes included: materials management’s “Feel Good Basket,” patient accounts’ “Tool Box,” outpatient clinic’s “To a Buckeye Fan,” administration’s “By the Fireside,” surgery’s “Patriotic Basket,” JTDM Foundation’s “50th Anniversary Fun Bag,” obstetrics’ “Rainy Day Bag,” medical records’ “A Romantic Getaway,” cardiac services’ “Legend of Sleepy Hollow Stress Lab,” laboratory’s “Workout Basket,” Celina Medical Center’s “Octoberfest,” food services’ “Italian Fare for Four” and second floor’s “The Games People Play.”
Proceeds from the auction of the baskets will benefit The Cancer Network of West Central Ohio and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


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