Letter: Hospital Ladies Board

Editor: Thank you, Loudoun County and beyond, for making the 78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale another record-setting success. With over $282,000 in gross sales, we are so grateful for the generosity of spirit and gifts from Loudoun County and throughout the region.

A volunteer described this event at Morven Park Equestrian Center as the “ultimate team effort.” A happy shopper wrote that this was “more fun than a day at Disney.” A single mother who spoke of living on a tight budget said, “I was in heaven in the children’s area. Not only does this help your charity, but it helps folks like me.”  So how did we manage to raise this amount to support patient services at Inova Loudoun Hospital and our Nursing Scholarship fund?

Gently used (and often new) items were given in record quantity this year, from art and antiques to clothing and sports equipment. Four “Donation Days” at the Cornwall and Lansdowne trailers brought so many donors that volunteers were happily challenged to keep up with the steady flow. Additional opportunities to give ultimately filled the equivalent of 15 tractor trailers.

More than 600 volunteers worked throughout the week at Morven Park, transforming the arena and adjacent buildings into the various Rummage Sale departments.  They worked tirelessly to sort, price, and organize the donations, then warmly welcomed the thousands of shoppers to the sale. We were touched that so many students used their Columbus Day holiday from school to come and help with the setup. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts, Woodgrove High School football team, the Interact Clubs from Loudoun County and Heritage High Schools, and the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club for their assistance. We were also delighted to welcome new Loudoun residents who came to volunteer and shop for the first time.

Local businesses and individuals contributed many gifts to the silent auction, another feature of the sale. With Redskins tickets, a grandfather clock, golf certificates, and over 100 other items, shoppers eagerly bid on these treasures.

Of course, even after all the sales, there are items remaining late on Sunday afternoon as the event closes.  Various nonprofit groups, such as Women Giving Back, Blue Ridge Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, and Blossom and Bloom, continue serving the community by accepting the unsold merchandise for their shops. Loudoun County is blessed with so many worthy causes serving others.

Please mark your calendars for the 79th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, 2017. We’re already planning. Again, our thanks.

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital

Alexia Orr, President

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