Care to Give Council


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How the Council Began

From the very beginning there was an auxiliary. A meeting of the board of trustees of Riverview Hospital was held on September 17, 1929, at the Molly Pitcher Hotel, for the purpose of organizing the Red Bank Auxiliary. There was a long discussion that resulted in a motion “that all men leave the room and allow the ladies to do their own organizing” which the minutes show was done. Other auxiliaries were organized within a few short years to help finance the operation of the hospital and the expansions.

Auxiliary to "The Care to Give Council"

Care to Give is honored to carry forward the purpose of our organization which began in 1929. Originally known as the Red Bank Auxiliary, a group of volunteers met with the purpose of raising funds to support a hospital in Red Bank. Riverview Medical Center (RMC) stands today partially as the result of the determination and hard work of those early volunteer visionaries. In 2011, when Bayshore Community Hospital joined the Meridian Health family, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the Auxiliary to “The Care to Give Council”. To date, the council owns and operates the Riverview and Bayshore gift shops with yearly profits distributed to each hospital. Over the decades, the Auxiliary has happily raised over $1 million, through fund-raising events and gift shop sales, for hospital improvements and patient care.

“The world has really changed in the past ten years, and the council, auxiliary, has changed right along with it.” - Jane Penza

About Care To Give

In over half a century Care to Give has raised awareness of health issues, raised patient spirits and raised more than $1 million. The council is an active force and plays a vital role in helping Riverview Medical Center remain a pillar of medical excellence within the community. Care to Give sponsors programs that touch almost every patient, improving lives within the hospital and out in the community. Through donations, profits from its gift shops and signature events such as Party for Pink and Reason to Party, the council's loyal philanthropy has benefited The Jane H. Booker Women's Center, Life Changing Campaign for Surgical Excellence, the Paint the Town Pink Fund, as well as Oncology services.  

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