The “Tulip Ladies” at First Moravian Church of Dover have set out to beautify the downtown neighborhood surrounding the church building – and will benefit Union Hospital’s Breast Imaging Center and its patients at the same time.
Church members Carol Schaar and Pat Williams have organized and managed the sales of tulips as a community fund-raiser over the past four years, with approximately 15,000 tulips sold overall, including about 7,000 in 2016 alone. A total of about 15 volunteers from the church handle the sales, packaging and delivery of the bulbs each fall, and they have become known as the “Tulip Ladies” because of their dedication to the program.
The church’s minister, Pastor John Wallace, joined Schaar and Wallace in presenting a check for $2,467.50 to the hospital recently, bringing the two-year total donation for the Breast Imaging Center at UH from the church to $3,867.50.
“We want to thank the people and businesses of Tuscarawas County for their generous support of our project each year,” Williams said. “We not only have been able to support the hospital, but make our area look beautiful, too.”
Approximately 2,000 of the special pink cancer awareness bulbs that the church sold last year during the month of October as part of the area’s “Paint Tusc Pink” recognition month were purchased and later planted by building and business owners in the area surrounding the church, which is located on N. Walnut St.
“That should make for quite a sight when they come up in the spring,” Schaar said. “We are all looking forward to seeing them around the church and around our community.”
Wallace praised the efforts of all of the volunteers at the church for their dedication to the annual sales. He said the tulip sales also are part of the church’s “Give Back” theme adopted during its 175th Anniversary being celebrated this year.
“As a church community, we work to serve our entire community through volunteering in some capacity to give back,” Wallace said. “The ‘Tulip Ladies’ provide an outstanding example about how to give back to our area and the hospital.”
Monte Ball, director of fund development for Union Hospital, thanked and praised the church and the “Tulip Ladies” for their support of the Breast Imaging Center at the hospital.
“We are very grateful and thankful for the work and time that these ladies put into organizing and conducting this fund-raiser,” Ball said. “Their hard work pays off in helping provide the 3D Mammography screening unit at the hospital that is considered a very important part of annual mammography for early detection of breast cancer. More than 11,000 women have received a screening through the 3D Mammography unit here at Union Hospital, along with the other services available to assist our patients, thanks to the selfless work and donations of groups and people like those at First Moravian Church at Dover.”
Pastor Wallace, Schaar and Williams said they plan to keep up the sales each fall, too.
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