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The Junior Board of Christiana Care celebrates a milestone—and its many years of service to the local hospital system.
This month, members of the Junior Board of Christiana Care will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the melding of three local hospital boards. Since that merger, the non-profit group has donated more than $11 million to Christiana Care Health System while volunteers have given about 17,000 hours of service annually.
The Junior Board also surpassed the $1 million mark this year for funding nursing scholarships. The group, with more than 200 active members, runs hospital gift shops, volunteers at a surgical suite at Wilmington Hospital, delivers birth records, and greets and registers patients at Christiana’s other facilities.
The board’s biggest fundraiser is the annual Medicine Ball. But president Barbara Burd says the ball bounced a little differently this year due to the struggling economy.
“We had a non-event,” Burd says. “We sent an invitation that told people to stay home, sit back and relax. It said, ‘The Medicine Ball is taking a break, but we know nurses never do. We need your support.’ It did quite well.”
Burd says the Medicine Ball will be back in full swing next year, on April 23.
The history of the Junior Board dates to 1888 when local women raised $10,000 to build and equip Wilmington’s first hospital. In 1984, the junior boards of Wilmington General, Memorial and Delaware hospitals merged into the current body.
The board is comprised primarily of women between the ages of 40 and 60. The 102 emeritus members (age 80 and older) and 94 associate members (10 years on the board) are no longer required to volunteer 50 hours a year, but a handful still work regularly.
There are no men on the board, but longtime members have told Burd there was once a man among the ranks.
“We don’t exclude men,” she says. “In fact, we wear salmon-colored jackets when we volunteer and our by-laws say men would wear a salmon-colored tie.” —Drew Ostroski
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