GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - As part of National Women's History Month, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is highlighting their Guild. The Guild began in the late 1800s with a group of female fundraisers who regularly gathered to raise donations for patients at the hospital.
The group is now made up of more than 110 dedicated women from the community who advocate for people with disabilities. In fact, the Guild actually owns Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The Guild holds a 51% membership representation on the board and continues to be the keeper of culture at the hospital
Last year, the Guild donated $440,000 to various projects and community organizations to support people with disabilities. The Guild was able to serve 1,000 patients and 10,000 outpatients through their fundraising services.
In addition to raising money, the Guild also hosts special events to show appreciation to hospital patients and staff members. Annual events include a holiday tea and tree trimming, a pumpkin carving contest and surprise treat days.
Coming up in April, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is hosting the 31st Annual Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition. Featured artists all have physical challenges and will be showcasing paintings, sculptures and other forms of art work. The exhibit is open to the general public for viewing and select items will be available for purchase.
31st Annual Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition
April 8 through July 31, 2013
Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located on the second floor of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
235 Wealthy St. SE in downtown Grand Rapids
For more information visit www.maryfreebed.com.
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