It was a gorgeous day for the Door County Medical Auxiliary’s House and Garden Walk, and more than 1,200 people toured four homes and a garden from Sturgeon Bay up to Ellison Bay. “Every year, it takes legions of dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors, and of course, large-hearted community members who open their homes to hundreds of visitors the day of the event,” says event co-chair Deb Hogan. The event raised funds for two local health care initiatives chosen by the auxiliary: the Ministry Door County Dental Clinic, and the Skilled Nursing Facility at Ministry Door County Medical Center.
The mission of the Door County Medical Auxiliary, a group that is 250 strong, is to support the health care needs of the community. “Our volunteers accomplish their goal through their regular work volunteering at the hospital in departments as diverse as oncology and the beauty shop in our Skilled Nursing Facility. We also accomplish this goal through fundraising efforts that provide significant gifts to local health initiatives,” explains Hogan. Funds raised by this year’s event were earmarked for a new facility for Ministry’s Door County Dental Clinic, which provides free dental services to low-income and uninsured children and adults, and improvements to Ministry’s Skilled Nursing Facility, a residential setting for the elderly and those needing physical therapy. “Both of these institutions provide such important, needed services to our community,” says Hogan. “We are pleased to be able to support their work.”
Jerry Worrick, CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center, volunteered at the event parking cars for guests, and was impressed with the organization and high numbers of attendees. “Events like these bring people together to create awareness of all the wonderful things that are happening in our medical community,” he says.
“This year’s tour included everything from a restored Victorian home, to a classic log home, to a Japanese-inspired garden,” says Hogan. “I heard from many people that the homes and gardens were so inspiring, and this event is something they look forward to every year. How fitting that such a beautiful event has such beautiful results – improving the health of our community.”
Next year’s House and Garden Walk will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Mark your calendars!