Staff members at Baptist Memorial Hospital consider bidding in a silent auction on several gift baskets. The auction, cake walk and other activities were part of a recent fundraiser for the American Cancer Society held as part of National Hospitals Week.

Bob Bakken|DTT

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto employees in Southaven recently held a silent auction and cake walk to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Each department gathered together gift baskets filled with items that were put up for auction among the employees during a recent activity as part of Hospital Week, said Baptist-DeSoto Assistant Administrator Brian Hogan.

“We have a committee of employees who come up with ideas and part of that is giving back to the community,” Hogan said. “Our own employees came up with the idea of the gift baskets and donating the money to a worthy cause. Since we work so closely with the Cancer Society, it was a really easy decision, because it benefits our patients as well as the American Cancer Society.”

Prizes were awarded to the department with the most-innovative and best gift basket.

Along with the silent auction, a cake walk with donated cakes gave the staff members who took part a chance to take away a sweet treat.

The involvement with the Cancer Society is an important one for Baptist-DeSoto, said Hogan.

“We have patients here at Baptist-DeSoto who need help with things like transportation, wigs, other things, so it is just our part of helping to give back to the community by helping raise money,” Hogan said. “We have raised money for the American Cancer Society before, but never to this level. This is really big and we expect to raise a few thousand dollars, at least today, hopefully more.”

Officials later said more than $3,000 was raised by the employee-led activity.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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