Patricia Duff, a spokeswoman for WhidbeyHealth, shows off a selection of items available at the hospital gift shop. The Polly Harpole Hospital Guild held its annual fashion show fundraiser Thursday at Whidbey Golf Club. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Patricia Duff, a spokeswoman for WhidbeyHealth, shows off a selection of items available at the hospital gift shop. The Polly Harpole Hospital Guild held its annual fashion show fundraiser Thursday at Whidbey Golf Club. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Fashionably great

Hospital Guild raises money for WhidbeyHealth

Members of the last of 20 original guilds to support Whidbey’s only hospital are still doing what they can to help — and they’re having fun with it.

The Polly Harpole Hospital Guild held its annual luncheon and gift-shop-attire fashion show Thursday at Whidbey Golf Club.

Approximately 100 women took in the gift shop’s surprisingly fashionable selection at the sold-out event.

“It’s a really important part of our fundraising mission at the foundation,” said Patricia Duff, a WhidbeyHealth spokeswoman and a model at Thursday’s show.

“These women, this group, literally saves lives,” said Helen Taylor, executive director of the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

The money raised at the third-annual event goes toward both scholarships and a medical-equipment “wish list.”

Thursday’s ticket proceeds will go toward paying for new automated external defibrillators throughout the medical center.

Guild volunteers also manage the hospital gift shop, which is another fundraising source.

Duff said there’s usually a spike in sales the day of and the following the fashion show.

Thursday afternoon the volunteers, who were sometimes a little reluctant but always good sports, displayed a wide variety of women’s clothing, scarves, purses and even a tiara.

The luncheon, show and raffle compose the guild’s largest fundraiser in its effort to support students who are pursuing degrees in the medical field and of purchasing equipment, said Arlene Johnson, chair of the nonprofit’s board.

The guild was formed in 1957 and is one of 20 that raised money to furnish the hospital when it was built in 1970. It’s named after Polly Harpole, the island’s first official public health nurse.

After Harpole’s county position ended, she founded and provided maternity care at the Harpole Maternity Home in Coupeville from 1936 to 1962.

At least three of Thursday’s fundraiser attendees were born in that facility, and many others present could name spouses or friends who were born there as well.

In her name, the hospital guild continues to donate annually to WhidbeyHealth.

“It’s part of the legacy of the hospital,” Johnson said.

Sarah Cash of the Polly Harpole Hospital Guild models gift shop clothing Thursday afternoon at the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Sarah Cash of the Polly Harpole Hospital Guild models gift shop clothing Thursday afternoon at the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

More in Life

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
Recipes to welcome summer

While the weather on Whidbey continues to switch between sunny and gray,… Continue reading

SWHS Drama Club presents a classic tale of family, fortune, heart and humor

‘You Can’t Take It With You’ on stage May 24-26

Orrin Gorman McClellan’s words of war resonate beyond his death

‘A Soldier’s Journal, Last Supper to No Goodbye’ chronicles combat’s invisible wounds

Animated Army dog film kicks off vet center fundraiser

‘Sgt. Scubby, an American Hero’ coming to Clyde Theatre Sunday

Parents honor a son wounded by war

This year, when Judith Gorman and Perry McClellan remember their son on… Continue reading

Savor Spring offers palate pleasers of local wine, spirits and food

Six tasting locations featured this weekend on South Whidbey

Bingo, bingo!

Fabulous fundraiser combines drag queens and fun

A cyclist charges up a hill near scenic Ebey’s Landing along the 20-mile route of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s 2018 Sea, Trees Pie Bike Ride on Central Whidbey. Photo provided
Sea, Trees and Pie bicycle ride serving cyclists slice of natural beauty

It’s one thing to take in the sights of scenic Central Whidbey… Continue reading

WhidbeyTV nominated for regional Emmy award

WhidbeyTV has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award for a 30-minute… Continue reading

Orca Network not giving up on captured whale

Nearly half a century later, the fight for Lolita continues. Starting 11… Continue reading

Independence Day Parade marches on for Maxwelton

Business sponsors preserve the South Whidbey tradition

Whidbey Art Escape(s) into downtown Langley

Ceramics paint shop offers do-it-yourself art next to upscale galleries