Cook auxiliary style show fundraiser set for Aug. 18

COOK —Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary invites the community to the Cook Thrift Shop style show and luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cook Community Center, located at Doug Johnson Field in Cook. The auxiliary will be presenting “Second Hand Rose Does Hollywood.” Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased or reserved by calling Mary at 218-410-3125 or by stopping at the Thrift Shop.

The Thrift Shop, located at 320 SE 3rd Ave. in Cook, is open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

Every other year, for approximately 40 years, the auxiliary has hosted a show of music, comedy, prizes and models in Thrift Store selections. There is a special appearance of a showstopper lady named Second-Hand Rose. An early Thrift Shop history conveyed how two shop workers— Jill Duame and Lois Larson—created the first show that has continued through the years with numerous people helping to stage the many productions. Each style show has several presenters, such as singing nuns, Greek dancers, English royals, rootin’ tootin’ gunslingers and surprises galore.

The Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary began in 1954 as an organization to support the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home, now the Cook Care Center, through service, fundraising and donations. Since 1965, when the first building was purchased for the Thrift Shop, all funds raised have gone to support the needs and requests of the Cook Hospital and Care Center. For the past five years, the auxiliary has donated more than $50,000 per year from Thrift Shop sales.

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