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Piedmont Henry Auxiliary sponsoring
jewelry-sale fundraiser


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Volunteers at Piedmont Henry Hospital are giving local residents a chance to add to their jewelry collections, and to raise money at the same time.

Auxiliary board members model jewelry and scarves that will be available at the April 10 and 11 fundraiser. Front l. to r.: Robin Roberts, Betty Gecoma. Back l. to r.: Mary Alsobrooks, Ann Messina, Bob Messina.     Photo by Mickie Jackson

  The hospital’s Auxiliary will sponsor a Masquerade Jewelry Sale April 10 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., and April 11 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will be held in the hospital’s South Tower lobby.

  Jewelry and accessories will be available at the inaugural fundraiser, said Gail Hicklin, who chairs the Auxiliary’s Ways and Means Committee.

  “Everything is $5,” she said. “Everything is from the vendor, Masquerade. We have had jewelry sales before, but we’ve never used this particular vendor. We’ve never had a five-dollar sale.”

  Proceeds from all Auxiliary fundraisers go toward purchasing equipment for the hospital. Hicklin said the key to having a successful jewelry sale is getting the word out to the community beyond the hospital and its employees.

  Lori Sinnen is a Georgia representative for Masquerade Fundraising, which is based in Knoxville, Tenn. She said Masquerade specializes in providing costume jewelry and accessories for hospital fundraisers, raising just under half a million dollars for hospitals in Georgia last year.

  “We carry neck sets, rings, watches, bracelets, and earrings,” said Sinnen. “We also carry scarves, sundresses, ladies and men’s wallets, children’s jewelry and lunch totes, tote bags and beach bags.”

  Sinnen added that 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale will go back to the hospital.

  “The company was founded specifically on the premise of raising funding for hospitals,” she said. “Our goal, based on the size of the hospital and the employees and their reach in the community, is at least $2,000.”

  For more information on Masquerade and its offerings, visit



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