CAH Auxiliary selling patio bricks

CAH Auxiliary selling patio bricks

CARLINVILLE (Nov. 30, 2017) – Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary is selling etched, commemorative patio bricks through Dec. 31. The bricks can be used to commemorate a person, entity or event in the past, present or future.

Each brick is etched with three lines of text, with up to 20 characters (including spaces, ampersands and other symbols) per line. The bricks will be delivered to the hospital sometime late next spring and placed into the commemorative patio with the roughly 340 etched bricks purchased in previous years.

“The bricks that people buy now won’t be available for Christmas, but we do provide gift cards that let the recipient know that one has been purchased in his or her name,” said program coordinator Judy Minster. “We will call the purchasers next spring to let them know that their brick has arrived and will deliver to them the miniature duplicate brick that comes free with each full-size brick. Those who wish to can then stop by the hospital at their leisure to view their bricks.”

“The etched bricks may be purchased any time of the year, but we submit the orders only twice a year, once at the end of June and again at the end of December,” Minster added.

Each brick costs $125, which is tax-deductible and includes the three-line etching and the souvenir mini brick. Proceeds go to the Auxiliary to help them continue their support of the hospital’s health services. Checks should be made payable to CAH Auxiliary and sent to Judy Minster, 503 E. First North St., Carlinville, IL 62626.

“I often get asked who buys the commemorative bricks, and the answer is all kinds of people and organizations,” said Minster. “Individuals buy them to pay tribute to deceased or living family members or friends, to commemorate service in the military, to recognize their churches or clubs or companies, to honor someone who has influenced their lives, or simply to show their own or their families’ commitment to the hospital. Sometimes they buy multiple bricks to honor several people or entities. We even have buyers from out of state who have a connection to the hospital or memories of Carlinville itself.”

Minster said she is available to answer questions about the brick program and to help buyers work out the best way to fit their names and/or message into the proper format; for more information, call her at (217) 854-6663.

Order forms are available at the Auxiliary’s Retail Therapy gift shop in the hotel lobby, Carlinville Chamber of Commerce’s office on the square, Carlinville Public Library, Cherry Tree Treasures and Gifts, Main Street Florist, Michelle’s Pharmacy and My Sister’s Closet.