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Sunset Auxiliary: 70 Years of Giving and Supporting Wesbury Residents

Sunset Auxiliary Members Volunteering at the Rummage Sale

Started in 2012, GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is touted as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.” For GivingTuesday 2023, The Wesbury Foundation chose to spotlight the Sunset Auxiliary.

This year marks 70 years since Mrs. Florence Braun reached out to the network of area United Methodist churches in an effort to make friends and raise funds for the needs of residents, thus starting the Sunset Auxiliary. This amazing group of people has constantly and quietly given of themselves to enhance the lives of Wesbury’s long-term care and personal care residents.

Wesbury’s Sunset Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization that operates a gift shop at Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center and works tirelessly to sell donated items at their public sales. Through these efforts, the Auxiliary chooses to purchase items that support Wesbury residents and staff. For 2023, they used their sale proceeds to purchase a computerized projector system for Grace’s Barco Chapel which helps residents to fully enjoy church services and concerts. They also purchased new tents for use at outdoor Wesbury functions like the Chicken BBQ and Employee Picnic. Having these tents eliminates rental costs and allows us to use them immediately when we need them.

What is the great thing about supporting Wesbury’s Sunset Auxiliary? When you give to them through purchasing items at their annual rummage/used books/holiday sales, shopping at the gift shop, or providing a donation during special events like GivingTuesday, your entire donation (100%) goes directly to enrich the lives of Wesbury’s residents. That’s an impactful way to help care for our seniors!

To support Wesbury’s Sunset Auxiliary online today, please visit our Make a Donation page and select “other options,” “Direct my gift elsewhere,” and type in “Auxiliary.” Your continued support ensures the volunteer driven Wesbury Sunset Auxiliary will continue for another 70 years.
If you would like to join the Sunset Auxiliary please contact the Wesbury Foundation at 814-332-9264 or email:
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