Not many organizations reach 90 years of existence, so hitting that milestone is something to celebrate. And that’s exactly what the 90-year-old Sparrow Hospital Guild did this fall. This group of dedicated women have spent the past 90 years, true to their mission; raising money to support Sparrow Hospital. To date, Sparrow Guild has raised over $1.2 million in support of patient care at Sparrow. To mark their 90th Anniversary a celebration was held Friday evening Oct. 10, at the home of Mrs. Jo Hacker. Jo is a past president of Sparrow Guild, joining her as co hostess, was her daughter Lori Fuller. Lori is currently serving as president of Sparrow Guild. The Guild would like to thank Mrs. Hacker for opening her beautiful home. So, how did Sparrow Guild get its start; In September of 1924 a group of 50 women formed the Edward W. Sparrow Clinic Guild with the sole purpose of supporting the hospital’s newly established facility on East Michigan Avenue. This group of women, known today as the Sparrow Hospital Guild, works tirelessly to raise funds for the hospital. In the early years, they hosted card parties; sold magazine subscriptions; held teas; fashion shows and even a horse show to raise funds. They rolled bandages; sewed baby clothes and diapers, doing whatever they could to support Sparrow Hospital. The Guild also laid the plans for the first Charity Ball, which remains their major fundraiser today. This year’s black tie event will be held Saturday evening, Nov. 15 at the Country Club of Lansing. Tickets can be purchased through the Sparrow Foundation. Congratulations Sparrow Hospital Guild for 90 years of volunteer service to Sparrow Hospital!
Deborah Ginsburg is a community volunteer and is employed with Sparrow Health System.