Education Foundation receives nearly $70,000 donation

A longtime community partnership is paving the way for several Garland ISD high schoolers to become health care professionals. The Garland Health Care Auxiliary donated nearly $70,000 to the GISD Education Foundation (GEF) Feb. 14.

Started in 1959 as the Auxiliary to Memorial Hospital of Garland, this charitable organization changed its name to the Auxiliary to Baylor Medical Center at Garland in 1991 and then to its current name in 2015. Nearly 60 years later, the Auxiliary’s mission remains the same.

“The mission of the Auxiliary is to promote health and health care objectives. Because of the closing of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Garland, the Auxiliary decided to donate the funds in the Scholarship Fund,” said Pam Woodberry. “The amount of $19,242.91 has been made available for scholarships through the Garland ISD Education Foundation. Additionally, the Auxiliary decided to donate another $50,000 to the Foundation to be used as [additional] scholarships and teacher grants in the health care field.”

The Auxiliary’s Scholarship Fund was established in 1966 in honor of Melvin “Mike” Mitchell who helped found Memorial Hospital of Garland. To date, 169 scholarships have been awarded to GISD students, as well as others who have served as Junior Volunteers at the hospital. The recent GEF donation will ensure the Auxiliary’s legacy lives on for many years to come.

“Our mission is to create and foster partnerships with the community to generate funds that support the education of our students to positively impact the future,” said GEF President Lisa Cox. “We appreciate the Auxiliary allowing us to do exactly that, and we are excited to honor this group of outstanding individuals by preparing students to become future leaders in the health care industry.”

Following GEF’s donation, the Auxiliary donated even more funds to the Garland ISD DECA program.