History of Twigs
In October 1887, Lois Whitney, one of the first members of the hospital’s board of managers, invited four friends to lunch. Afterward, she pulled out hospital table napkins from her workbasket that needed hemming. Her friends offered to help her, so they spent the afternoon chatting and sewing. Two weeks later, the group expanded to include eight friends who enjoyed meeting together while they accomplished a worthwhile project for the hospital. The new circle of friends decided that they were not really big enough to be called a branch of anything, so they called themselves a “twig.”
Today, Fairfield Medical Center has 10 active Twigs. Each Twig works to assist the Center with purchases of needed equipment and with support of hospital programs. For more than 65 years, the Twigs have donated more than $3.7 million to FMC for community health care.
For more information about Twig membership or for additional information regarding their projects, please the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation at 740-687-8107.
TWIG 1 - Myrtle Ginder Smith Memorial, established in 1948.
Held annually in the fall, the Twig One 5K, 2 Mile Walk & Kids Fun Run raises money to support the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund. Donations help provide patients with everything from basic nutritional supplements, diagnostic and preventative treatments, wigs and other necessary items not covered by health insurance.
TWIG 2 - Established in 1948
Open Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Bargain Boutique is Lancaster’s oldest consignment shop and features fine-quality clothing for men, women and children, as well as small household items. Consignments are accepted every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Donations are accepted any time the shop is open. All proceeds benefit FMC programs and medical-equipment purchases.
Terms for consignment are:
TWIG 6 - Baltimore: Established in 1950
Bag Lady & More is a sale of women's designer-inspired handbags and accessories. Held in the fall and spring in the FMC's assembly rooms, the event is open to the public. The annual holiday peanut brittle sale is a fundraiser held each November. One-half pound bags are sold for $3.50 each and can be purchased from a Twig member or at sales events at FMC and in Baltimore. Sales benefit FMC programs and medical-equipment purchases.
TWIG 7 - Frank S. Benson, Sr.; established in 1950
The December holiday season is a time of giving and sharing. Each year, the Twig decorates two trees, one in the north lobby of the hospital and one in the south lobby. For a donation, everyone is invited to sponsor a light on the Tree of Light in honor of or in memory of someone. The honoree will receive notification that a light is shining in his/her name. The Book of Honor, stationed by the Tree, lists the names of all donors and honorees.
From Oct. 1 until May 31 each year, Bridge-A-Rama is a fun event for those who play contract bridge. There is a ladies afternoon group and an evening couples group. Play is governed by the rules of the American Bridge League. The host/hostess for the month is responsible for contacting the other three players early in the month to arrange the dates of play. Each player pays one-time participation cost of $16. Twenty hands are played in each monthly session. In addition, partners in each group can win prizes. A $10 prize is awarded monthly to the partners with the highest score. Grand prizes are awarded at the end of the Bridge-A-Rama year; $50 to the partners with the highest total score for all eight months, $30 to the partners with the second-highest total score and $20 to the partners with the third-highest total score.
Proceeds from both projects benefit FMC programs and medical-equipment purchases.
TWIG 9 - Dr. P.S. Bone Memorial; established in 1950
Several times a year, Fairfield Medical Center partners with a local uniform company to hold a "Shop at Work Day" at the hospital. FMC employees and public are invited to shop and save on brand-name uniforms, scrubs, shoes and accessories. To commemorate births, photos are taken of moms and their newborns with the option for loved ones to purchase photocopies as a keepsake of the special day. On our Web Nursery, photos of the infants born at FMC are displayed. This enables family members and friends all over the world to log in and see the baby for up to 30 days following birth. Family members and friends can also order photo packages or send a personal note of congratulations online.
TWIG 12 – Margaret Padden Memorial; established 1957
In early fall, TWIG 12 sells $5.00 coupon booklets for Elder Beerman’s Community Days, held in November. They also hold a Christmas Cookie Auction in December. Both fundraisers are open to the public and all proceeds benefit the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation’s ScriptAssist Gap Fund. The ScriptAssist Gap Fund helps those patients who need medication that is crucial for their immediate care. Additionally, TWIG 12 purchases Koff Kushions for cardiovascular patients as needed.
TWIG 13 - Millersport; Established in 1958
Date: Baked Steak Dinner at the Millersport United Methodist Church, 2310 Refugee Road, Millersport.
Cost is $9.00 per adult and $4.00 per child (age 10 & under). Carry out will be available. Chinese auction raffle held at 6:45 pm – need not be present to win.
Semi-annual homemade pie sales are held in May and October in Millersport, Ohio.
TWIG 14 - Established in 1962
Date: (Memorial Day) at 7:30 p.m. in Rising Park at the pond, Lancaster, Ohio (across from the Fairgrounds)
Join us for our annual Night of Light celebration with hundreds of floating lanterns on Rising Park pond to honor and memorialize loved ones at sunset. The purpose of this event is to provide individuals with a peaceful moment to memorialize a loved one or honor a special person who has had an impact on their life. It is a chance to be surrounded by the love, understanding and support of others – even strangers who are experiencing many of the same feelings and emotions.
Watch a short video from a similar lantern ceremony hosted in Hawaii and learn more about this event.
Lanterns are $20 each and can be customized with your personal message. Attendance is not required for your lantern to be created and launched in the ceremony. To purchase lanterns or make a donation please download our flyer(PDF).
Please contact Mary Ann Boone at 740-654-5704 for more information.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit childhood obesity and nutrition programs.
TWIG 16 - Established in 1968
Date: Spring 24 Hour Sale
Date: Fall 2 Day Sale
Books are Fun, a subsidiary of the Readers Digest Company, holds a spring and fall book fair each year. FMC assembly rooms are filled with new books and gift items. There are children's books, bestsellers, sports, craft, hobby, home and garden, inspirational, cookbooks and more available for up to 70 percent off retail price. The public is invited and cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted as payment. Payroll deduction is available for FMC employees.
All proceeds benefit the continued support of the FMC Hospitality House projects.
Located at 1151 East Main Street (Kroger Strip Mall), Lancaster, Ohio
TWIG 17 - Established in 1969
This used book store will be open all year round and open to the public. Will accept donations of gently used books, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s, software, puzzles & audio books and will be resold at discounted prices.
All proceeds benefit FMC programs and medical-equipment purchases.