Volunteers present $240,000 from gift shop to help patients

April 28, 2005

Jeanne Zeck, coordinator of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center gift shop, and Mary Jo Garraty, director of volunteer services at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, presented two checks totaling $245,442 on Wednesday, April 20, to Thomas Loughran, director, Penn State Cancer Institute and David Quillan, chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine. Volunteers raised the money by working 9,500 hours in Penn State Hershey Medical Center's gift shop from July 2003 to June 2004. All proceeds from the gift shop go to the medical center. Administration provides the volunteers with a list of capital equipment requests, and the Volunteer Advisory Board determines where the money will be used. Of the total money raised by nearly 70 volunteers, $154,692 will be used to buy 10 complete eye examination lanes. The new exam lanes include state-of-the-art slit lamps that allow Penn State Ophthalmology faculty to diagnose and treat the whole spectrum of eye conditions. Penn State Cancer Institute will use $90,750 for a linear accelerator.

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