After more than 55 years of giving, the Royal University Hospital Auxiliary has made a legacy gift that will last long into the future. In October, past and present members of the Auxiliary created the Royal University Hospital Auxiliary Endowment Fund with a $1.125 million gift to the RUH Foundation.

Members of the RUH Auxiliary mark the creation of the RUH Auxiliary Legacy Endowment Fund: From left to right (back row) Bess Candline, Ila Hlasny, Jean Laxdal, Sharon MacNeill, Helen Phenix, Marilyn Billinton, Doris Montalbetti, Bjorg Birt, Edna Sproule, Myrtle Erickson, Helen Pries, Marion Tracey, Betty Wheatley, Glenn Peterson, Anne Moran, Elaine Ogilvy, Ruth Harker, Joyce Billinton, (front row) George-Ann Murray, RUH Foundation CEO Arla Gustafson, RUH Auxiliary President Alice Hamp, RUH Foundation Volunteer Chair Bill Johnson, Gloria Reid, Iris Buchko and Orest Buchko.

Annual earnings will support the priority purchase of medical equipment and furnishings at RUH as well as fund annual Auxiliary scholarships and education. RUH Auxiliary President Alice Hamp is overwhelmed to be in a position where the Auxiliary can make such a generous donation.
“It is history in the making,” she says. “It’s a wonderful legacy for the Auxiliary to leave our hospital.”

Since its inception in 1955, the Auxiliary has been providing care and comfort for patients and their families at RUH through volunteerism and fundraising. Since 1974, members have raised and invested $3.5 million in support of RUH.

Arla Gustafson, CEO of the RUH Foundation, says each and every year, the Auxiliary Endowment will benefit patients, their families and staff at RUH. “This endowment will remind future generations of the great impact the Auxiliary has had on healthcare at RUH,” she says. “We know that others will want to make donations to the Endowment, and it will continue to grow.”
“We’re truly grateful for how hard the Auxiliary has worked to preserve the efforts of past and present members,” adds Gustafson.

The Auxiliary’s gift shop is rated as one of the top gift shops in North America, and it is run entirely by volunteers under the leadership of Ila Hlasny. Hamp says the Auxiliary wants to do whatever it can to make a patient’s stay at RUH comfortable.

“There’s a joy in giving and receiving,” she says. “It’s a blessing for all.”