ELIH Auxiliary

Aux Tea 2019


The ELIH Auxiliary is just as vital today as it was when our doors opened in 1905. Since our hospital’s inception, the Auxiliary has been key to our growth and success. Although many things have changed since then, the dedication of our Auxilians has remained consistent throughout our 115 years of service to the North Fork and Shelter Island communities. 

The modern day Auxilians have really upped their fundraising game while still maintaining the integrity and objective of their predecessors. Today, our Auxiliary is just under 150 members that support our departments with over 20,000 hours of volunteer support, fundraising events, and the operation of our Corner Shop and Opportunity Shop. This dedication has been recognized in the form of several prestigious awards:

  • Named 2013 Auxiliary of the Year by the Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS)
  • Named 2017 Best Small Auxiliary by the Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS)
  • Awarded the 2016-17 Community Service Award by The North Fork Chamber of Commerce
  • Recipients of Peconic Landing’s 2017 Older Americans Champions Award
  • ELIH Auxiliary Opportunity Shop Named 2019 Platinum Best Consignment/Thrift Shop by Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” on the North Fork
  • ELIH Auxiliary Opportunity Shop Named 2020 Platinum Best Consignment/Thrift Shop by Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” on the North Fork

The Opportunity Shop is the hospital's thrift shop, located at 321 Main Street in Greenport Village. Our Auxilians volunteer at the "Op Shop" and every penny spent there supports Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport. The store is open every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm, and donations are accepted during open hours. For more information, call the ELIH Foundation Office at (631) 477-5164.

ELIH Auxiliary Board of Directors

Helene V. Fall, President

Lynda Biedermann, First Vice President 

Iris Begora, Treasurer

Margaret Brown, Recording Secretary 

Nora Busch, Corresponding Secretary 
Past President

Appointed Officers

Bobbie Rubenstein, Archivist

Helene V. Fall, Chair, Car Raffle

Nora Busch, Chair, Nominating

Mary Ellen Connors, Timekeeper


Corner Shop
Lynda Biedermann, Co-Chair
Helene V. Fall, Co-Chair

Junior Volunteers
Madeline Laveglia, Coordinator

Computer Secretary/Treasurer
Helene V. Fall

Opportunity Shop and Consignment Closet
Connie Connor, Chair


Southold West
Barbara Koch, Chair
Judith Maciura, Co-Chair

East End/Shelter Island
Carol Sieban, Chair
Anne McElroy, Co-Chair

Dream Green

Helene V. Fall, Co-Chair
Lynda Biedermann, Co-Chair