McLaren Health Care

Auxiliary Information

Our Statement of Purpose

To provide volunteer service and financial aid and assistance to McLaren Bay Region and its subsidiary corporations.  All monies raised by McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary must be donated to McLaren Bay Region or its subsidiary corporations for such equipment or purposes as may be selected by the members of the Auxiliary in consultation with the president of McLaren Bay Region or designee.  Directors and officers may be reimbursed for all expenses reasonably incurred on behalf of this organization.

To operate and receive all profits from gift shops located within the hospitals.

To establish, support, and receive all profits from an annual charity ball.

To manage other fund raising projects, as approved by the president of McLaren Bay Region or his designee.

Auxiliary Events

The McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary is involved in various events.  Click here and select 'Special Events' from the category for a complete list.

The McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary is also involved in Popcorn Sales every Tuesday and Thursday in the McLaren Bay Region main campus lobby.  More volunteers are needed for this.  The chairperson is Kris Ropp.

McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary is also in charge of the operation of the manager hospital gift shop which is in need of volunteers.  The contact for the gift shop is Etta Karr, manager, at (989) 894-3198.

To volunteer for any position, please contact Michele Sabourin at (989) 439-4209 or email her at

Why Volunteer, A message from the Auxiliary President

From: Michele Sabourin
McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary, President

The McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary's major goal is to raise funds for McLaren Bay Region. We do so by volunteering at lobby sales, the Charity Ball, popcorn sales, the Gift Shop and other fund raising events. All funds raised go to improve and update McLaren Bay Region. Volunteering your skill and talent is a great and enriching experience. Joining the McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary is a win/win for you and for the hospital.

Volunteer Benefits:

  1. Support your local hospital, a cause you believe in
  2. Apply your skills and gain new ones
  3. Meet new people, make new friends
  4. Make a difference in our community

Volunteering offers:

  1. A way to express yourself
  2. A feeling of accomplishment
  3. A way to apply your skills and talents

Volunteering you talent by joining the Auxiliary is available to you. If you would like to join our Auxiliary, please contact me at (989) 439-4209 or email ( )

Best Regards,

Michele Sabourin, President

New Membership Information

The fundraising efforts of the Auxiliary benefit McLaren Bay Region by providing monies which are used to purchase unbudgeted items needed by the hospital. These efforts also make our hospital better for the entire community along with providing you with some personal satisfaction.

Annual dues are $15. Board of Director Meetings are held the second Monday in the months of January, March, April, June, September, October, and December. In the months of February, May and November, general membership meetings are held which are luncheons. They are attended by the general membership and also other members of the community. No meetings are held in July and August.

The items outlined below will introduce you to the Auxiliary and the services it provides.

McLaren Bay Region is a subidiary of the McLaren Health Care. The subsidiary hospital also have active Auxiliaries.

Our Auxiliary is a part of the East Central District (ECD) of the Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates (MAHA). The ECD has a meeting twice annually, usually spring and fall. MAHA has their annual meeting in June on Mackinac Island and their fall conference in October. These meetings usually consist of beneficial in-services and social dinners.

McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary has several fundraising efforts. Our biggest is the operation of the hospital gift shop. Etta Karr, a retired registered nurse, volunteers her time acting as manager. McLaren Bay Region is one of a handful of Auxiliaries that are fortunate to have a volunteer manager. Etta is assisted by a part-time paid assistant, a volunteer bookkeeper and two or three volunteer buyers.

The Auxiliary hosts a number of lobby sales each year. At those sales, vendors (some local) bring items into the lobby for sale. The vendors then donate a portion of their proceeds to the Auxiliary. Auxiliary volunteers sit in the lobby and help with the sales by helping the employees who wish to purchase by payroll deduction, complete the necessary forms. Examples of sales include uniforms, books, jewelry, and artwork.

The Auxiliary volunteers sell popcorn in the lobby. We own a popcorn machine and are fortunate that the employees are always excited to purchase the popcorn. Popcorn is sold twice monthly with an approximate annual income of $4,800.

The most well known event the Auxiliary hosts is the Annual Charity Ball. This is held the first Saturday of December each year. A committee is formed each year with two volunteer chairpersons. This committee may also include community volunteers who are not members of the Auxiliary. The hospital president usually requests a particular item toward which the proceeds are raised. Proceeds usually range around $35,000.