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Beebe Healthcare Receives $125,000 from its Auxiliary Despite Challenging Fundraising Year

Auxiliary donation


The Beebe Auxiliary gathered outdoors recently to celebrate a difficult year of fundraising for Beebe Healthcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Auxiliary, which runs a craft group, a thrift shop beside the go-kart track at Midway, the gift shop at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, along with many other fundraising efforts, had all of these normal avenues closed or limited for the entirety of the year.

Still, the group was able to raise and donate $125,000 to Beebe. They presented the check and honorary memberships to David A. Tam, MD, MBA, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare, and Bill Chasanov, DO, infectious disease physician, VP, Chief Officer of Population Heath, Value Based Care, Physician in Chief, at the Cordrey’s East Coast Garden Center near Millsboro recently.

“It certainly has been a difficult year for our members, but we are really proud to donate this amount during turbulent times throughout our community,” said Wendell Alfred, President of Beebe’s Auxiliary. “It was a pleasure to honor Drs. Tam and Chasanov, too, for their service to the community during the pandemic.”

The Auxiliary’s donation will help fund the Heart and Vascular Center, which represents the renovations completed to the areas where cardiology and vascular tests are done at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus.

“It’s such an asset for Beebe Healthcare to have a thriving Auxiliary to support us,” said David A. Tam, MD, MBA, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “I look forward to many years of partnering with the Auxiliary as they celebrate 85 years of service to our community.”

Over the years, Beebe Auxiliary has raised millions in funds for various Beebe needs, including the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, the Chapel at the medical center, the Georgetown Health Campus, two hyperbaric chambers at Beebe Wound Healing, special wheel-chairs for patients visiting the medical center and Tunnell Cancer Center, new navigational bronchoscopy equipment, and more.

“All avenues of fundraising are so important for Beebe,” said Tom Protack, President, Beebe Medical Foundation. “The Foundation is so happy to have partners like the Auxiliary. The millions they have donated over the years has been a tremendous support to Beebe’s mission.”


Caption: Nancy Tartaglione, Treasurer, Wendell Alfred, President, Beebe Auxiliary, present Tom Protack, President, Beebe Medical Foundation, and David A. Tam, MD, MBA, FACHE, President & CEO, Beebe Healthcare, with a donation of $125,000.

The Beebe Auxiliary was founded in 1936 with the sole purpose to promote and advance the welfare of Beebe and its patients. Membership is open to both men and women. There are two membership levels: Active members may volunteer in a way that meets their personal abilities and time restraints. Inactive members support the Auxiliary as ambassadors of goodwill. Annual dues: $10 for both active and inactive members.