Popcorn means scholarship money to help fund health care careers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The smell of popcorn wafting throughout the first floor of Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin luring customers to buy the 75 cents bag of deliciousness means scholarship money for some fortunate students.

More than 1300 bags of popcorn is what it takes for the Volunteer Auxiliary at Memorial Health System of East Texas to raise $1000.  The Volunteers sell popcorn to visitors at Memorial in an effort to raise money for scholarships they award to college students who are focusing their studies on careers in health care.

The fund began 23 years ago with Ms. Daisy Wadsworth, who recently passed, and has given over $296,000 in scholarship money since beginning.  Recently Catie Hines, Kristen Yarbrough, Valerie Ip, Shelby Skelton, Stephanie Casper (Doris Dunbar accepted), Clark Hill, Stacey McKnight, and Leah Tomez (not pictured Priscilla Cruz and Catherine Hylands) were each awarded $1000 scholarships at a dinner hosted by the Memorial Volunteer Auxiliary.

Among those in attendance to congratulate the recipients were Mario Estrella, Vice President of Patient Care Services MHSET; Les Leach, COO MHSET; Sara Jo Trammell, Chairperson for Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship Committee; and Don Newland, Auxiliary President.

The popcorn sales are held every weekday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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