For several years in the nineteen-teens and -twenties, bricks lay on the ground and windows were stored in a barn as area residents tried to raise enough money to build a hospital.  Finally, tired of the long delays, several women decided they would personally borrow $5,000 to get the construction started.

Thus, in 1920, our hospital's Auxiliary was born, and the Shore's first hospital was completed in 1928. Since then the Auxiliary has been a mainstay, first in raising funds for the original building and later in every improvement and project the hospital has undertaken.

Over the years Auxiliary funds have helped to pay for construction of our Riverside Shore Cancer Center, scholarships, redecorating projects, landscaping and hospital equipment. In fact, our Auxiliary has been recognized by the American Hospital Association for “dedicated and distinguished service on behalf of the hospital.”


  • Carousel Gift Shop, on the hospital’s first floor near the main entrance. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Hospital Ball, annually in the autumn, at the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club in Melfa. For more information call (757) 787-1326.
  • Antique Show, annually during the first full weekend in November with a preview party the Friday evening before.  Exmore Moose Lodge. For more information call (757) 787-5687.
  • Festival of Lights. Honor loved ones at a tree lighting ceremony at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital typically on the first Friday evening in December.  For more information call (757) 442-3439.

To join

For information on Auxiliary membership, contact (757) 414-8050, or e-mail us at