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Samaritan Auxiliary


Samaritan Auxiliary

The Samaritan Auxiliary is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Keep Home, Samaritan Summit Village, and all entities. The Auxiliary has proudly served these institutions since 1896 and has been a major contributor of volunteer time and financial resources to the hospital and nursing homes. The Auxiliary manages and operates gift shops at Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Summit Village, as well as the Sips Coffee Shop in the main lobby of the Medical Center.

The gift shops and coffee shop, exclusive fundraisers and Auxiliary membership dollars contribute to the success of the Auxiliary. Popular events such as ‘One Night, One Diamond‘ have been tremendously successful, as well as uniform sales and more.

In 2010, the Auxiliary pledged $750,000 dollars to the Capital Campaign, “Advancing Healthcare—Close to Home,” which helped build a new addition to the main hospital. Most recently, in 2018, the Auxiliary proudly made a pledge to the Capital Campaign toward the new Walker Center for Cancer Care, with a $500,000 gift.

No matter which project we support, we are here to enhance the care of our patients and residents.

Samaritan Auxiliary Highlights:

  • Proceeds from Samaritan Auxiliary’s 2022 virtual One Night, One Diamond event purchased a UVDI disinfection UV light and supported the purchase of the Neurovirtual Sleep Diagnostic Systems for the Samaritan Sleep Lab totaling $110,322.97 that was presented to Samaritan.
  • The 2023 One Night, One Diamond was held at The Commons on Fort Drum and through the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and ticket holders the Samaritan Auxiliary was able to present a check to Samaritan for $87,661 to purchase the BioFire Modules for the Samaritan Laboratory and to support the purchase of the Hologic Breast PACS System.
  • Supported four Uniform Sales and a Purse Sale for Samaritan staff throughout the year.
  • Managed the Auxiliary Gift Shops at Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Summit Village, and the Coffee Shop at the Medical Center. Volunteers working in the gift shops provide hours of dedicated service to help the Auxiliary achieve its goals.
  • Provided two $1500 scholarships to Samaritan employees to further their education in a healthcare field.
  • Provided stuffed animals for children receiving services in the Samaritan Surgical Unit, provided patients with the Watertown Daily Times newspaper, as well as coloring books, crayons, crossword puzzles, and puzzles for the Behavioral Health Unit patients in the Emergency Department and for patients on 4 Pavilion.
  • Continued our community advocacy programs in Jefferson County with the WHALE (We Have A Little Emergency) child safety seat ID program and That’s Using Your Head, a helmet ID safety program, in conjunction with our Kinney Drugs Foundation partner.

The Samaritan Auxiliary Board 2023-2024

President – Shawna Cutuli 

Vice President – Bethany Todd 

Secretary – Jessica Piatt-Walczyk

Treasurer – Kerry Young


Irene Carman

Veronica Clarke

Sarah Colligan 

Kady Hoistion

Amanda Magro

Dylan Anne Pauly 

Andrea Roden

How To Become A Member

Becoming a member of the Auxiliary is a simple way to become invested in the healthcare of our region. Samaritan Auxiliary membership is easy to do and offers benefits, such as a 10% discount in the gift shop and attendance to the annual meeting in May.

  • $200 – Lifetime Member fee
  • $15 – Annual Regular Membership
  • $5 – Annual Senior Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out the form and either use PayPal (form below) for payment or mail this form and a check made payable to “Samaritan Auxiliary” to the following address:

Samaritan Auxiliary
Membership Chair
830 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Download the membership form by clicking here.

Membership Form

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