Tri-County Auxiliary Raises Record High at Annual Holiday Auction

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2016 Holiday Auction

2016 Holiday Auction

The Tri-County Auxiliary dates back to 1925, when the organization was called Wesley Guild. At the monthly meetings, members did mending for the hospital, as well as sewing new items. A 10¢ lunch was served. Almost 100 years later and the Auxiliary is still giving back to the community that they love and care about with having recently hosted their annual Holiday Auction themed, “All that Glitters”.  The event took place on November 28 at the Whitetail Golf Course in Wadena. There were 60 beautiful baskets that were donated by various TCHC


Highlights from the evening included:

2016 Holiday Auction Baskets

2016 Holiday Auction Baskets

  • 55 Live Auction Items
  • 22 Silent Auction Items
  • 62 People Attended
  • A record $11,150 was raised!

All funds raised from the auction are used to fulfill the Auxiliary Wish List grants. TCHC departments are able to fill out an application that would benefit patients in the areas of patient comfort, patient education and technology. In the past dollars have been used to purchase education technology, videos, blanket warmers, toys and/or books for waiting areas.

Joyce Jampsa - TCHC Auxiliary President

Joyce Jampsa – TCHC Auxiliary President

Tri-County Health Care Auxiliary consists of women and men who are interested in supporting our community’s health care system through service and fundraising. Meetings are every third Monday at noon from September-April at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Joyce Jampsa is currently the Auxiliary President. If you’re interested in joining, or learning more, contact

2015 Auxiliary donations

2015 Auxiliary donations

Help us congratulate our own 2015 Minnesota VFW Auxiliary Outstanding Volunteer of the Year!

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Nellie Wegscheid was recently named Minnesota VFW Auxiiary Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Nellie e4feff_e5000d0d069044b1a2185d8bdd3da594.png_srz_317_310_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzis a committed Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) volunteer and Auxiliary vice president. When asked about her recent accomplishment Nellie said, “I feel like I owed it to Tri-County to volunteer my time to such a wonderful organization that gave so much to my family and I. My husband was a Tri-County employee for more than 30 years in the purchasing department. I’m incredibly thankful.”

Janet Wiedewitsch, TCHC Staffing Coordinator, said, “Nellie has been an active Auxiliary member for more than 25 years; in addition to that, she has been a TCHC volunteer (Pink Lady) since 2004. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and well-respected volunteer.”

Nellie has held the office of president, vice-president and the treasurer for the Auxiliary and has served approximately 1,600 hours. She has worked on numerous fundraising events including holiday auctions, dances, Valentine’s Day projects and wrapping Christmas cookies. She not only donates her time, but is also very generous in giving of her hand-stitched quilts, baked goods, dolls, furniture and home décor to be auctioned.

Nellie Welshed sitting at her desk in the surgical waiting room, in front of one of the quilts the auxiliary made & donated to TCHC.

Nellie Wegscheid sitting at her desk in the surgical waiting room, in front of one of the quilts the auxiliary made & donated to TCHC.

As a TCHC volunteer, Nellie works in Nursing Services, Caring Heart Boutique gift shop and the surgical waiting room. She also makes basinet quilts and does other special projects.

Asked about how she feels being recognized with this statewide award, “It’s nice to get this award, though I don’t feel like I do that much. I’m going to turn 80 years old in July and I feel blessed to be able to get up in the morning and come into TCHC to be able to do this kind of work.”

Please help us in congratulating Nellie on this outstanding award and well deserved recognition!

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