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Volunteer Auxiliary

For more than a century, community residents have generously donated their time and talents to Baton Rouge General. From 1927 to 1949, a group of volunteers called the "Blue Birds" served the hospital by hosting annual charity carnivals and “linen showers,” in which women collected new bed sheets for use at the hospital. In the early 1950s, another volunteer group called the “Pink Ladies” raised money for the hospital through various special events.

In 1953, the hospital’s administration formed the Volunteer Auxiliary Organization. Since then, volunteers have worked in nearly every department of the hospital, raising money for new equipment and expanded facilities, and donating countless hours of service to the hospital each year.

In 2018, over 440 volunteers provided more than 40,000 service hours throughout the hospital system which is valued at $953,845 in in-kind donations based on Louisiana's value of volunteer time.


President - Laura Parr
President-Elect - Bev Varnado
Past President - Deborah Reeves
Secretary - Krista Lowery

Hall of Fame

Gloria Anderson
Patsy Miller
Angie Landry
Howard Marsellus, III
Natalie Roumain
Helen Spears
Dorothy Taylor

In Memoriam

Betty Bergeron
Dotty Major
Dee McKnight
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