Fashion show helps to support local hospital

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WEST POINT — A large gathering attended West Point Depot Tuesday as the Alabama-Georgia Hospital Auxiliary presented its annual spring fashion show and luncheon. It took place during the noon hour and was catered by Ed and Ann Yearn.

About two dozen local models sported clothing provided by Dillard’s of Auburn. The models included men and women and boys and girls. They ranged in age from the Kimberly Carter’s infant daughter to retirees.

For years, the Auxiliary has been a key fundraiser for EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley. Funds raised through the fashion show, the annual Tree of Lights during the Christmas season and the hospital gift shop help with such needs as the purchase of new equipment for the hospital and with the needs of the EAMC-Lanier Nursing Homes.

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“We could not do what we do without the support of the Alabama-Georgia Hospital Auxiliary,” Administrator Greg Nichols said during a break in the show. “I love this community and our hospital. We are proud of our staff and the way they serve this community. It is so important to have access to health care and outpatient services. “

Nichols said that EAMC-Lanier is constantly seeking to upgrade the services it offers. One example is the new MRI machine that will be installed in mid-May and go into service on June 1. It costs over $1 million dollars but will make getting an MRI much more convenient for a patient. It will also produce better images.

Nichols said he was extremely proud of the way EAMC had responded to the needs created by the devastating March 3 tornado in Lee County’s Beauregard community.

“The hospital had an outstanding response in helping the victims,” he said. “Injured persons were treated in the emergency room, and hospital employees went to Beauregard to help out in many ways.

At no cost to them, those who were left homeless by the tornado have been provided apartments throughout the Opelika-Auburn area by EAMC.

“For the past week-and-a-half, EAMC has partnered with the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project to build three new homes in Beauregard,” Nichols said. “We are gifting them to families who work for the hospital.”

“We appreciate your support of our fashion show,” program emcee Traci Martin told the gathering just before the models began their parade of the beautiful new clothes.

“Every single dollar we make goes right back to our hospital. We are very good stewards of what you gift us with.”

The models included Kimberly Carter and daughter Catherine Carter, Sister Huguley, daughter Jenna Brown and granddaughter Mary Beth Brown, Jeff and Kristen Nelson with their sons Rush and Reid Nelson, Jack and Cathy Wright, Sandra Glover, Wiky Gladden, Carly Wooley, Alison Yarbrough, Adalyn Carter, Eve Milner, Larry Williams, Bess Pittman, Vickie Smith, Denise Oliver, Julie Ambrose and Kristi Watkins.