Healthcare Heroes: Winchester Hospital’s Winton Club

Commitment to Winchester Rises during Pandemic

The daily COVID-19 headlines about hospitals being stretched financially were troubling one member of the Winton Club, a philanthropic group of women whose mission is to support Winchester Hospital. So she reached out to Margaret Bertochi, the club’s president, and asked if they could make their annual donation to Winchester Hospital earlier than planned.

Coincidentally, Margaret had just attended a meeting at Winchester where hospital leaders explained the new Winchester Hospital Healthcare Heroes Fund that had been created for that purpose. It was fate.

Margaret reached out to the Winton Club board to gauge support and hold a virtual vote. Typically, the board doesn’t disburse money the club has raised until their annual meeting in May, but they all agreed this was a special circumstance.   

 

The emails came in fast. “I’m in favor!” “Excellent idea.” “This is great.”

Margaret was encouraged by their quick response in the hospital’s time of need. “It was completely unanimous,” she said. “Everyone was so supportive.”

The board voted unanimously to divert $60,000 in funds to help Winchester respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and sent the hospital a check in late March. They were able to donate this amount because of the success of the 2020 Winton Club Cabaret, their signature fundraiser. Turnout this year was better than ever, as it was the club’s 100th, and revenue from ticket sales and raffles were up 58 percent. 

They are using the rest of their revenue from gift shop sales and other events to maintain their commitments to buying new wireless fetal monitors for the hospital and to support A Caring Place, a shop at Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care that helps patients with cancer.

“It makes us feel very proud to be part of a solution or to help the hospital deliver on what it needs,” Margaret said. “That’s why we’re members of the Winton Club.”