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The WMHS Auxiliary Ushers in Summer, for a Cause

May 2nd, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The WMHS Auxiliary announced its newest fundraiser – an evening gala called A Shimmering Summer Night – scheduled for June 4, 2022 at the Cumberland Country Club, from 8 pm until midnight. The event features a cocktail buffet, silent auction, and dancing to the classic sounds of Queen City Funk and Soul. Proceeds benefit UPMC’s Center for Hope and Healing here in Cumberland – a 24/7 crisis resource facility for those struggling with opioid addiction and other substance misuse.

Tickets are now on sale at

In 2019, the Auxiliary made a five-year, $1 million commitment to the new crisis resource facility as part of the organization’s pledge to combat opioid addiction in the region. To date, the Auxiliary has met more than half its goal, thanks in large part to the generosity of its donors.

Construction of the new facility was completed in August 2020, on property adjacent to UPMC Western Maryland, just off Willowbrook Road. Today, this innovative stop-gap has treated over 250 patients and families desperate for change. During an average stay of five days, individuals are provided resources and guidance to craft a personalized treatment plan, with referrals into long-term and outpatient care and counseling.

When the Snow Ball was cancelled, for two consecutive years due to COVID, the resourceful leadership of the Auxiliary made a way to continue raising funds for the construction and operation of this facility. The June event is the newest in a string of community partnerships to support this cause.

“So many in our community have been affected by the epidemic of addiction,” said Kim Kremer, Auxiliary president and co-chair of the fundraiser. “By hosting this event, we invite our community to join us in supporting this valuable cause that can be life-changing for so many.”     

For more information, contact Auxiliary liaison Sharon Cosgrove,