To commemorate their 35th Anniversary, TWIGS of Winthrop-University Hospital Auxiliary will be honoring its co-founders Kris Harder and Sistie Lewis, during their Golden Goose Gala "Roaring 20s Night." The celebration, which will kick off the 2003 holiday season, will be held on Saturday evening, November 15, 2003 at the New Hyde Park Inn.
Sistie Lewis, along with her good friend Kris Harder, founded TWIGS in 1967 at what was then Nassau Hospital. Mrs. Lewis had an idea to start a volunteer group for young mothers, to complement the Hospital Auxiliary. "I really wanted to help the hospital in some way, but my proposal was initially met with resistance," said Mrs. Lewis. "If it hadn't been for the support of Garden City resident Mildred Coldier who sponsored us and held the first tea in her home, there would have never been TWIGS!"
More than 250 women attended that first tea, and the rest is history! Today, TWIGS is a volunteer organization that supports Winthrop-University Hospital designated campaigns.
Throughout the years, TWIGS has contributed funds towards the New Life Center and the Pastoral Care Program. Nearly 1,000 women now participate at a range of different levels of the TWIGS organization, and take part in various projects including the Golden Goose Gala and The Pediatric Project. Currently, they are raising funds to support Winthrop's capital campaign for a new 15,000 square foot Pediatric Inpatient Unit.
As a past chairperson of both the Yuletide Ball and Journal, Kris Harder gives all the credit to her longtime friend. "Sistie was the brainchild of TWIGS...it was all her idea," commented Ms. Harder. Both women have been friends from the very beginning. In fact, they each delivered one of their children a day apart from one another at Winthrop. Kris and Sistie remain active in the Long Island community, volunteering for numerous charitable organizations.
Golden Goose Gala co-chairs Debra Weber and Marita Cook added, "Sistie Lewis and Kris Harder are dynamic, one-of-a-kind leaders who, by example, exemplify what can be done for the betterment of others and the community. Honoring the past is our celebration of their accomplishments... emulating them sets our sights toward welcoming the future."
For ticket information and reservations regarding the Golden Goose Gala Roaring 20s Party, please contact Debra Weber at (516)741-9259 or Marita Cook at (516)877-1270.