Winton Club Philanthropic Initiatives
The Winton Club was started in 1911 by twenty three women hoping to make a difference in the community through philanthropic activities associated exclusively with Winchester Hospital.
Since 1920, The Winton Club has sponsored an annual Cabaret during January. Managed completely by volunteer Winton members, and supported by a volunteer cast (which includes area residents and hospital personnel), the Cabaret is enjoyed by audiences from Winchester and the surrounding communities during its five-night run. Patron, advertising, and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available through the Cabaret.
Year-round fundraising by The Winton Club is done through the management of the Winton Gift Shop, located in the lobby of Winchester Hospital. Members of Winton serve on the Board for the shop as buyers, Treasurer, Publicity, and the Gift Shop Chair and Assistant Chair. These women run the shop in all regards, with additional volunteers from the club assisting in the shop as needed.
Throughout the years, The Winton Club has donated funds for many important and innovative services and equipment. Through the efforts of the Winton Club members, Winchester Hospital has received funds exceeding $3,000,000
. These funds have been used to purchase equipment, benefit women’s and children’s health care, and provide linens. Some recipients of Winton funds include Digital Mammography, the new Emergency Room, and A Caring Place. In May of 2010, The Winton Club fulfilled a five year, $500,000 commitment to the Cancer Center at 620 Washington Street in Winchester.
Each year Winton members volunteer over 5000
hours of in-hospital service in addition to many hundreds of hours outside the hospital. Winton members live and work in Winchester and in many nearby communities, and come from all walks of life. There are young members and seasoned members; new members and service members. They are unique individuals, but all share an enthusiasm and a commitment to Winchester Hospital and The Winton Club. This common thread weaves together women of diverse backgrounds and interests, creating friendships that last a lifetime.