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Samaritan Auxiliary’s 19th Annual “ONE NIGHT, ONE DIAMOND” to focus on honoring our Samaritan Healthcare Heroes and the purchase of PPE

Published on: March 15, 2021

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Auxiliary’s 19th Annual “One Night, One Diamond” will be celebrated virtually in honor of all Samaritan Staff as Our Healthcare Heroes on Saturday, March 27th at 7pm. Proceeds from the 2021 One Night, One Diamond event will assist with the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all Samaritan Staff – our heroes!

This past year, the pandemic has dramatically changed our lives in so many ways. Fortunately, Samaritan led us through these unprecedented times. Whether it was a call to the COVID Resource Line, COVID testing, a visit to a primary care physician, a visit to the Emergency Department or a stay in the hospital’s COVID Unit – Samaritan was there. As a community we are most fortunate to have the heroes at Samaritan taking care of us. Their efforts have been caring, committed, compassionate, and courageous and we are thankful that our community is hopefully beginning to get back to normal.

As a way to honor them, all Samaritan employees will be automatically entered for an opportunity to win the Lab grown, ¾-carat, round, brilliant cut diamond donated by Cook’s Jewelers; a two-night getaway package donated by Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn; a one-night getaway package donated by 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, or a $250 gift certificate donated by The Scrub Hub. The event will include an update on the equipment that was purchased with the proceeds from the 2020 One Night, One Diamond event. We will also hear from a few healthcare providers sharing their professional and personal perspectives on the past year.

Please visit the event website at www.samaritanhealth.com/onod for more information on how to participate in honoring our Samaritan heroes and assist in the purchase of PPE. An RSVP would be appreciated by March 25 in order to allow time to email information on how to join the event. For more information or with questions, please contact event chairperson Irene Carman at onod2@shsny.com

Presenting Sponsors for the 2021 “One Night, One Diamond” are Apogee Physicians and Purcell Construction. Media Sponsors are the Watertown Daily Times and 7News/Fox 28/MeTV North Country. Other top sponsors include FX Caprara Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Alexandria Bay, Hancock Estabrook, KeyBank, The Martin Group, Northern Radiology Associates, Renzi Foodservice Charitable Foundation, Runningboards Marketing, Slack Chemical Company, and T. Urling Walker. The event receives additional support from numerous other sponsors at the Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire levels.

About Samaritan Auxiliary: The Samaritan Auxiliary was established in 1896 to serve as ambassadors and volunteers to support and enhance healthcare programs at the House of the Good Samaritan. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Samaritan Auxiliary and its membership, composed entirely of volunteers, play a vital role today in improving the quality of care in the Samaritan system through volunteer activities and financial support. The One Night, One Diamond proceeds have purchased $700,000 in equipment for Samaritan Medical Center.

Among last year’s Auxiliary highlights is the 2020 One Night, One Diamond. Although the event had to be cancelled, due to the gracious generosity of all sponsors and donors the proceeds purchased the equipment necessary to perform Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique that offers the highest skin cancer cure rate available. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, allowing you to go home with the knowledge the skin cancer is definitively cleared. For the first time in the North Country, Samaritan Medical Center was proud to offer this specialized technique to our community in 2020. The additional funds raised were used to purchase a Clorox Optimum-UV light to kill bacteria and viruses as an adjuvant to terminal cleaning of patient rooms after discharge.

Aside from the community-sponsored One Night, One Diamond event, the Auxiliary manages the gift shops at Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village, as well as the Starbucks Coffee Shop at the Medical Center. It is the sales from the gift shops and Starbucks Coffee Shop, along with the five uniform sales and membership dues, which provides funding for support of programs, services, two scholarships, and the pledge commitment.

Additionally, the Auxiliary has continued the WHALE (We Have A Little Emergency) child safety seat ID program (WHALE@shsny.com) and That’s Using Your Head, a helmet ID safety program (TUYH@shsny.com), in conjunction with our Kinney Drugs Foundation partner and 7News/Fox28/MeTV North Country media partner.