The OFRA Ladies’ Auxiliary
The Ladies ‘Auxiliary’s was founded on April 10, 1973. Its mission is to support the Mauno Kaihla Koti nursing home. To date, approximately one million dollars has been raised and donated towards the Mauno Kaihla Koti Nursing Home.
The biggest fundraising event is held in November, the Christmas Tea and Bazaar or Tempaus as it is known in the Finnish Community. Other fundraisers include: the Valentine’s Tea and Bazaar, August Casserole Dinner, periodic Silent Auctions, A Fashion Show, Coffee Socials (held 3 times a week in the Suomi Eesti Maija Kestitupa….1:00 to 2:30pm) Once a month Pulla is baked and sold and the occasional meat pie sales are held. ALL THESE EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Ladies Auxiliary also has a very successful Second hand Store in Suomi Eesti Maija that sells a large variety of items. The Store is open every Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. We are always happy to accept donations to our store.
Currently, approximately 20 ladies meet every second Monday of each month (except June and July) at 2:30pm in Suomi Eesti Maija Kestitupa. Following the meeting is always a coffee social. New members are always encouraged and welcome.
The Ladies Auxiliary is a vital part of the soul of OFRA. The generosity of the members is inspiring and the result of their hard work and ambition is enjoyed daily by staff and residents alike.
The Ladies Auxiliary is always actively seeking additional members to fulfill their fund raising mission!