When the VIADA Ladies Auxiliary was first organized in 1980 by Ida Blair and Shirlie Slack, our first concern was to help VIADA in any way possible. At that time, if your husband was president of VIADA, the wife was president of the Ladies Auxiliary. That practice was changed in later years. We filed as a non-profit organization and wanted to contribute to charitable organizations throughout the state. Our first charitable contribution went to Ronald McDonald House and that was a favorite for years.
The Ladies hosted the Hospitality Suite at one of the Conventions held in the Virginia Beach area. We got permission from the hotel to make our own coffee and bring our own juice and sweet rolls, so we could save money. Virginia Belcher was president that year and we did not realize what a large undertaking that was - we worked ourselves ragged. Needless to say that was not a priority in later years.
Of course, when we first organized we did not have any money. Our $10.00 dues did not go far. We would go to the National Conventions and attend the Ladies Auxiliary meetings. Listening to state representatives Treasurer’s Reports, we knew we had some work to do.
Ida and Bob Blair had an auto auction at the time, and Ida suggested that we might get some of the auctions to auction a car for the Ladies Auxiliary. The dealers were asked to donate any car that had been on their lot for a while. As usual, the response from both the auctions and dealers was great. The auctions would designate a specific date and time and we would be there to help with the paperwork. That was the first step towards building our funds. Then, of course, we began the auctions at the conventions which have become larger and larger each year - not to mention the hours of enjoyment derived from them. We were well on our way to achieving our slogan “Helping Hands”.
We now contribute generously to many charitable organizations throughout Virginia, we have established the Fill-A-Wish program for special needs children 18 years old or younger, and we also have a Scholarship Fund to award $2,000 to a family member of VIADA. Please download and print this Scholarship application. The document contains all instructions from there. We’ve come a long way and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
Editors Note: VIADA appreciates the ladies Auxiliary and their many contributions of time, talents, and monies. Our “Helping Hands” are to be congratulated for a job well done.
The Ladies Auxiliary contributes generously to many charitable organizations throughout Virginia. They have established the Fill-A-Wish program for special needs child 18 years old or younger, and a Scholarship fund to award a VIADA family member. Please download and print this Scholarship application.
THE VIADA Ladies Auxiliary has set up a fund to grant that special "wish" to a special needs child 18 years old or younger. If you have a family member or know anyone in your area that would qualify for this benefit, please download this grant application and save it to your computer as a Word document. The document contains all instructions from there. Thank you.
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