The St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary was formed in 2007 to raise funds and help support special projects and activities that aren't included in the hospital's annual budget. Through this support, the Auxiliary assists St. Anthony Hospital in fulfilling its mission of creating healthier communities.
What began in 1961 as a handful of friends gathered in support of St. Michael Medical Center has become the vibrant and successful Mathis Guild today. While the activities have changed over the years, the group’s enthusiasm for friendship and dedication to community service remains unwavering. The Mathis Guild has raised monies to support programs and equipment at St. Michael Medical Center, resulting in a healthier community. Their first effort — back in 1962 — was a fashion show which has since evolved into the current Mathis Guild Luncheon held in May. Through its fundraising success, the Guild has been able to make a difference in Kitsap County in the care provided to women, children and those who need it the most.
Dr. Maurice S. Mathis was a physician who settled in Bremerton after his retirement from the Navy. “Pops” was a robust, down-to-earth man who held the community close to his heart. Dr. Mathis served as CEO of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Hospital, which, after World War II and a declining population, merged with Harrison Hospital. During his tenure as Harrison’s administrator, the Mathis Guild was born.
How do I become a member?
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Mathis Guild, please contact the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Foundation at 253-680-3696.
In 2011 we saw the last St. Michael Medical Center Foundation (formally Harrison Foundation) Festival of Trees and Donna Carlson Overly, Sandy Carlson and friends envisioned the Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild as a way to honor Violet E. Carlson and keep the spirit of the St. Michael Medical Center (formally Harrison Medical Center) Festival of Trees alive. The Guild, as a fundraising arm of the St. Michael Medical Center Foundation, will use the mini-tree idea as the driver for the fundraising activities. Members wish to serve as advocates for St. Michael Medical Center through volunteer, philanthropic and educational endeavors to ensure excellent care for patients in our region. Our fundraising projects will make possible programs and services for St. Michael, resulting in a healthier community.
For further information on membership, please contact the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Foundation at 253-680-3696.
Violet E. Carlson, a native of Kansas, moved to Kitsap County after she married Robert (Bob) Carlson in 1946. In 1986, Bob suffered a lingering, and ultimately fatal illness. During Bob’s illness, Violet became his primary care giver and received care from St. Michael Medical Center (formally Harrison Medical Center). The entire family admired the care and support that Bob and Violet received from staff and volunteers of St. Michael Medical Center (formally Harrison Medical Center). This inspired Violet, her daughters, and other family members to become active in the St. Michael Medical Center Foundation’s (formally Harrison Foundation) Festival of Trees. After Violet passed away in November 2001 and Festival of Trees ended in 2011, Donna Overly, Sandy Carlson, and friends started the Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild in 2012 as a way to honor of their mother who had always been a “tirelessly-behind-the-scenes” volunteer — the volunteer who are the foundation of all volunteer work.
Nov. 19, 2023, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Garden Room, SMMC Harlow Wing
Join us and enjoy:
Ways to support Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild and Table Top Christmas Event: