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ValleyCare auxiliary donates $250,000 for equipment upgrades

Volunteer group raises money primarily through sales at its Livermore Thrift Shop

The ValleyCare Auxiliary has given the ValleyCare Health System $250,000 as a donation to be used for hospital equipment upgrades.

The auxiliary raises funds primarily through sales at its Thrift Shop located in downtown Livermore and through special fundraising promotions throughout the year.

"This is a dedicated group of volunteers and the services they perform, as well as the funds they raise, provide us with an invaluable resource," said Scott Gregerson, ValleyCare's chief executive officer.

Since the Auxiliary was formed in 1958, these volunteers have given over 1.6 million hours of volunteer time, donated over $6 million to expand facilities, programs and services and have given 192 scholarships to local high school students entering college with plans for a medical career.

The ValleyCare Auxiliary has 380 members who provide comfort and assistance to patients, visitors and staff. They also serve in a variety of ways including greeting visitors and patients at the information desks, working the Gift Shop and Thrift shop, assisting at the ValleyCare Health Library and Cancer Center, transporting patients, delivering flowers and more.

"The ValleyCare Auxiliary has been an integral part of the Tri-­Valley community for over a half century," Gregerson said. "The level of service we are able to provide is enhanced through their dedication and compassion."

For information about joining the ValleyCare Auxiliary, please call its information line at (925) ­734­-3368.

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