2021-2022 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 Eckert, President
Mary Riethmiller, Vice President
Beverly Aufman, Treasurer
Janese Abbott, Secretary


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

*emeritus member

Rita Jastrebski
Carol Koontz
Patricia Kutcher
Judy Machi
Debbie Marizano
Janet McKnenzie
Louise Moffett
Jean Muth
Joan Ozdogan
Thelma Sherrett
Marie Smith

Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Officers at the
2021-2022 Auxiliary Installation

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

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 $4,000 for the 2021 UPMC Passavant Hospital 2021 Volunteer College Scholarships.


Matt Reslink began volunteering at UPMC Passavant in 2018 and has worked in several departments, including patient transport, outpatient surgery, the emergency department and screening. He held several research positions while majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry on a pre-med track at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Pitt this past spring and plans to go on to medical school to become a doctor.

Ryan Blake graduated from West Virginia University in 2017 with a degree in industrial engineering. Feeling unfulfilled in his job, he earned an advanced degree at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, he secured a position as an MS/Ph.D student researching orthopaedic biomechanics with a physician at UPMC Passavant. This blend of engineering and medicine launched him on a new career path that is leading him to become an orthopedic surgeon. He is continuing his studies at Temple University.

Lights of Love Tree

In its 35th year, the “Lights of Love Tree” will be displayed in the lobby of UPMC Passavant throughout the holiday season. To designate a light in honor or memory of a loved one, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary is accepting donations of $5 or more for each name; dove ornaments are available for $10 or more per name. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place virtually on Friday, December 3 at 4:30 p.m. via Facebook Live. Proceeds benefit projects funded by the Auxiliary.

To Purchase a Light or Dove Online Click Here

Download the Lights of Love Brochure

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

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.