Fast Facts about Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary

Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary is a separate, not-for-profit organization that supports ProHealth-Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. The Auxiliary also provides support to other community non-profit organizations through our Outreach activities.


  • The Auxiliary was founded in January, 1954 with 55 charter members. We currently number almost 200 members.
  • The first of many fundraising events was organized in 1954, leading to major annual events that continue today.
  • The Gift Box Boutique was opened in 1967, staffed by volunteers, and continues to be a major fundraising effort by the Auxiliary.
  • A teenage volunteer program began in 1971 with girls called “Candy Stripers” and boys called “Red Coats.” Now known as Volunteens, this remains a popular program for area teens.
  • In 1972, the Auxiliary assumed responsibility for our annual health-related scholarship program. Each year, 12 scholarships are awarded to students in a health-related field of study.
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  • The Spring Style Show and Luncheon began in 1977. This event continues today as the Auxiliary’s premier fundraiser.
  • The Tele-Care Program was offered in 1978 staffed by volunteers who continue today to receive daily phone calls checking on the well-being of area residents and their families who request this service.
  • An annual Love Light Tree Celebration was initiated in 1988. This annual program provides opportunities to honor a special person or remember a loved one.
  • In 2014, in partnership with a well-known travel company, the first guided tour program sponsored by the Auxiliary was offered to the community. This program continues as another fundraising endeavor.
  • You have two options for giving back to the community: volunteering your time, and becoming a member of the Auxiliary.
  • Volunteers serve in a variety of roles at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. Roles include:  Admitting Ambassador, The Gift Box Boutique cashier and sales, Patient and Family Lounge Ambassador, Home sewing, knitting and crocheting; constructing baby caps, stuffed bears, prayer shawls, quilts, holiday buntings and the like.
  • 2018 membership on the Auxiliary Board includes:
    Barbara Baker, President
    Pat Oestreich, Secretary
    Jean Krause, Treasurer
    Barbara Baker, Assistant Treasurer
    Pat Cusma, Ex-Officio
    Judy Berghoefer, Board Member
    Nancy Biersack, Board Member
    Deb Brinsko, Board Member
    Nancy Doerfler, Board Member
    Sue Gilmore, Board Member
    Bev Mueller, Board Member
    June Perrine, Board Member
    Wayne Pinnow, Board Member

  • Volunteer and Auxiliary Service staff:
    Tammy Fox-Husband, Manager Volunteer & Auxiliary Services
    Diane Goodchild, Coordinator Volunteer/Auxiliary Services &The Gift Box