2020-2021 Passavant Hospital Auxiliary

Men and women are invited to join a long-standing dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary conducts many fundraising events that benefit the patients, families and staff of UPMC Passavant. Jewelry sales, cookie sales, a book sale and the Lights of Love tree are just a few of the Auxiliary's projects.



Jean Muth, President
Mary Riethmiller, Vice President
Beverly Aufman, Treasurer
Janese Abbott, Secretary


Jean Eckert
Eileen Black*  
Carol Braund
Virginia Byers
Barbara Drzal
Tammy Emery
Rita Garvey
Ann Guckert*

*emeritus member

Rita Jastrebski
Carol Koontz
Patricia Kutcher
Judy Machi
Janet McKnenzie
Louise Moffett
Thelma Sherrett
Marie Smith

Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Officers at the 2019 Auxiliary Scholarship Luncheon

Pictured L to R: Jean Muth, President; Mary Riethmiller, Vice President; Janese Abbott, Secretary and Jean Eckert, Treasurer

Virtual Vendor Sales Calendar 

Due to these uncertain times, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary has been working closely with all their vendors to bring their sales virtually to the Passavant Community.
Below is the schedule for the virtual vendor sales. Vendor flyers will be updated as we receive them. 

Lights of Love Tree

On Friday, December 4, 2020, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Virtually lit the Lights of Love Tree at UPMC Passavant. Throughout the month of December, the tree will be lit in honor and in memory of loved ones. To the right of the tree is a screen with names of who each light and dove represent.  

To view the virtual lighting, please visit Passavant Hospital Foundation Facebook Page.

To view the listing of the lights and doves and who they are in memory or in honor of, please click here.

Contact the Passavant Hospital Foundation by calling 412-748-6640 for more information. 

Making an Impact

Over the years the Auxiliary has raised and donated over $4,000,000, helping to make our facility the world-class hospital it is today. The Auxiliary funds projects large and small that benefit patients, their families, and those who care for them.

In 2021, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary has funded $59,033 to 3 UPMC Passavant Hospital Department Grants.

  • Transportation Department: Stryker Stretcher Replacement
  • Therapy Services, Occupational and Physical: Bioness Integrated Therapy System
  • UPMC Passavant Cranberry: Cranberry Caring Cupboard

The Auxiliary has awarded $9,500 for the 2020 UPMC Passavant Hospital 2020 Volunteer High School and College Scholarships.

  • Deeksha Chirra volunteered more than 100 hours in the Patient Care Unit, stocking rooms. “I got to talk to patients and make their stay a little more comfortable, and got to work with nurses,” she said. She graduated from South Fayette Township High School and now is studying to become a physician specializing in Emergency Medicine. “I’d also love to work with Doctors without Borders to help people in underserved areas,” she added. The Auxiliary awarded her a $2,500 scholarship.
  • Sharon Kim volunteered more than 150 hours at UPMC Passavant. She started in Dining Services before transitioning to Patient Care on the 6th Floor and then the Emergency Department. Currently, she is studying Biological Sciences on the Pre-Med Track at the University of Pittsburgh. “Volunteering at Passavant has given me rich experiences that helped me grow as a person and confirmed my desire to pursue medicine,” she said. She was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Auxiliary.

  • Madeleine Schreiber volunteered more than 120 hours in the kitchen and nursing unit of Floor 4 at UPMC Passavant. Her dream is to become a pediatric nurse. “This may sound cliché, but I really do see nurses as heroes. They are a true inspiration and give me a reason to push myself in school and work hard for what I want,” she said. She graduated from Vincentian Academy and was awarded $2,500 by the Auxiliary. She currently is studying nursing at Bowling Green State University.

  • Dylan Zavetsky volunteered in the pharmacy, delivering new meds and switching out old ones in patient rooms throughout the hospital. “I loved every minute,” he said. “It was the best feeling to know that my work would lead to the improvement of people’s lives.” Dylan received a $2,500 scholarship from the Auxiliary and currently is studying biology at Slippery Rock University. He plans to become a Physician Assistant.