Published on December 06, 2021

Lost Lake Woods Club “Chair-ity” Auction Benefits MyMichigan’s Breast Health Fund

Mary Spring (center), Chair-ity auction organizer, is shown holding a portion of the auction proceeds. On the left, Ann Diamond, director of fund development, MyMichigan Health Foundation, and pictured right is Steve Hand, imaging services manager, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena.

MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena was a recent recipient of funds from a “Chair-ity” auction hosted by the Lost Lake Wood Club, located in Lincoln, Mich. The fundraiser showcased 14 wood furniture pieces, decoratively painted by the ladies of the club. Mary Spring (center), auction organizer, is shown holding a portion of the auction proceeds. On the left, Ann Diamond, director of fund development, MyMichigan Health Foundation, and pictured right is Steve Hand, imaging services manager, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena.

MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena was a recent recipient of funds from a “Chair-ity” auction hosted by the Lost Lake Wood Club, located in Lincoln, Mich. The fundraiser showcased 14 wood furniture pieces, decoratively painted by the ladies of the club. Mary Spring, auction organizer, presented the proceeds of the auction to Ann Diamond, director of fund development, MyMichigan Health Foundation. 

“This auction gains more and more interest every year,” said Spring. “Last year we had wooden chairs. This year we had 14 items, which included some fun furniture pieces, as well as chairs.” Items available at the auction included the traditional wooden chairs and also a child’s picnic table, a rocker, bar stools and a pair of director chairs. “It’s fun to gather with the ladies at the club, who are all so very talented, to paint the items and support this cause.”

The furniture pieces were on display and open for bidding during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at the Lost Lake Woods Club clubhouse. Spring also brought two chairs to the Medical Center in Alpena for staff, patients and visitors to bid on. At the end of the silent auction, Lost Lake Woods Club donated more than $1,300 which was directed to the MyMichigan’s Breast Health Fund.

“We are so thankful to our friends at Lost Lake Woods Club and for all the events they host that bring awareness to breast health,” said Diamond. “With both the Chair-ity Auction and the Rally for the Cure golf outing, the ladies leading the effort and the membership at Lost Lake Woods are passionate about this cause and we are so thankful for their support.”

Spring continued, “We have some breast cancer survivors in our club. A couple of them painted some of the chairs and this auction is just a small way we can honor them and give back. It’s not a lot of money but every little bit helps.”

Also, on hand for the presentation was Steven Hand, manager of imaging services, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. “We certainly want people to get the care they need. And, events like this, help to remove many of the barriers experienced by our patients,” said Hand.

The Breast Health Fund at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena supports breast cancer prevention, screening, diagnostic testing, educational services, equipment and patient care items. This includes access for eligible individuals to receive financial assistance with screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, breast biopsy, interpretation fees, post breast cancer surgery support materials, breast cancer genetic counseling and transportation needs.

Those interested in more information about the Breast Health Fund or would like to make a donation to the Medical Center in Alpena may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.