The kickoff of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's 2017 Tree of Remembrance fund drive has raised a total of $2,557.
The Auxiliary is able to assist the hospital in purchasing needed equipment for various departments through the community's generous donations and memorials.
Funds collected this year will be used to purchase four barrier-free examination tables. With a height of only 18 inches, the tables are designed to make it easy to accommodate the elderly and patients with disabilities easily and efficiently.
The patients will also feel more stable and relaxed while they're waiting or during their consultation as their feet rest comfortably on the floor.
Those wishing to make a donation or memorial contribution in honor of a loved one may do so by sending it to: Tree of Remembrance Chairman Apryl Bradshaw at Memorial Hospital, 1900 State Street, Chester, Illinois 62233, or by dropping it in the collection box located in the hospital's front lobby.
Donations and memorials received to date include:
Richard & Mary McDaniel - In Memory of family & friends.
Wib & Julie Saak and Don & Mary Alice Welge - In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Brockey Childers
Wib & Julie Saak and Don & Mary Alice Welge - In Memory of Frances Jarvis
Don & Mary Alice Welge - In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Welge
Don & Mary Alice Welge - In Memory of 1st Lt. Bruce R. Welge
Buena Vista National Bank of Chester
Fisher, Kerkhover, Coffey & Gremmels Law Office
Chester Electric Supply, Inc.
Chester National Bank
Chester Insurance Agency
Randolph County Abstract, LLC
Welge-Pechacek Funeral Homes
Reids Harvest House, Inc.
Southern Illinois Eyecare, P.C.
Willis Publishing, Inc. The County Journal
James H. Lochhead & Sons
Chester Grade School "Positive Give Back to the Community"
Arbeiter Law Offices
Randolph County Housing Authority
Patrick D. Miller DMD Miller & Miller
Southern Illinois Sand Co. Inc.
Robert & Paula Platt
City of Chester
Chester Rotary Club