Aid Association

Raising Funds for Patient Care

The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association has been in existence for almost as long as the hospital itself. Founded in 1888, it is made up of energetic, dedicated women and men whose primary goal is to raise funds to purchase special equipment for the hospital. The Aid Association has about 200 members and is governed by its own 28 member board of directors. Their work has made a tremendous difference over the years and has provided millions of dollars for mission critical needs. Join the Aid Association today!

The AJH Aid Association celebrated the 27th Annual Tree of Light Ceremony - its beloved remembrance event that invites the community to submit names of their loved ones, both in honor or in memory of, to be listed on the Tree of Light Scroll which is featured in the main lobby of the hospital and in the Daily News.

Aid President Mary Ann Abbott and Mark Goldstein welcomed attendees at the Highland Avenue front porch and lit the Blue Spruce tree - which stands in honor of the Burr Family - with each light shining in honor of the 499 names included on the scroll. Following the tree lighting, people gathered over hot chocolate and treats to enjoy holiday music by the Georgetown First Congregational Church Bell Ringers and the Newburyport High School choir.

Thank you to longtime supporter and sponsor of the Tree of Light, North Shore Bank.

Click here to view the 2018 Tree of Light Scroll. 

Aid Association Presents $170,000 to AJH at 2018 Annual Meeting - and kicks off 130th anniversary

NEWBURYPORT  – The Anna Jaques Aid Association kicked off its 130th anniversary at its annual meeting Thursday and presented a check for $170,000 to Mark Goldstein, president and CEO; Mary Williamson, vice president of development; and David LaFlamme, chairman of the Anna Jaques board of trustees.

The funds were designated to the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center; two intensive care unit rotation beds; cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology system; the gift shop renovation project; and comfort teddy bears for the hospital’s young patients.

Funds raised through signature events programs, such as: 

Great Chefs’ Night: the Aid Association’s flagship annual event and largest fundraiser in support of Anna Jaques Hospital – raising over $100,000 last year alone. Enjoy delicious food samplings from some of the finest area restaurants and chefs as well as auctions, raffles, live music and more.

Gift Shop: the hospital's gift shop, run by the Aid, is the best kept secret for specialty gifts, home décor, apparel, jewelry, accessories and more.

Art Sales: each month, the Aid Association features a different local artists' artwork in the main lobby of the hospital, with a percentage of the funds to support the hospital. 

Annual Tree of Light Remembrance: Tree of Light is a community-wide remembrance event organized by the Anna Jaques Aid Association. During this season of giving, we hope you choose to participate in this heartwarming fundraiser by purchasing a light for our AJH Remembrance Tree. 

Each donation made in memory or in honor of a loved one is reflected in a light that shines from the tree. View of 2017 Tree of Light Scroll!

Upcoming Holiday Events

Holiday Dessert Fundraiser

AJH Aid Association is partnering with Piro’s Bakery in Methuen to offer delicious desserts for your Holiday table!

 **Order online or send in paper by December 13th. Pick-up is Friday, December 21st in the AJH Cafeteria. Each item you purchase supports Anna Jaques Hospital.

Or you can return this form with payment by December 13th to:      

Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation      
25 Highland Avenue 
Newburyport, MA 01950

Annual Employee & Volunteer Craft Fair

Thursday, December 6th from 8:30am-4:30pm in the Higgins Conference Room

Thirteen different vendors will feature hand crafted goods and gifts. There will be raffle items as well as Winfrey's Fudge for sale. 

Horse & Buggy Ride on Invitation Night

Friday, December 7, 2018

Enjoy a Horse & Buggy ride on Newburyport's Invitation Night! Pick-up/Drop-offs: 

  • Black Cow 
  • Tannery on Federal Street
  • Clay’s on State Street

Gift Shop Renovation Project

It has been almost 20 years since the Anna Jaques Aid Association Gift Shop has renovated its space in the's time to spruce things up! 

Renovations start at the end of August, with a grand opening slated for the fall.  Updates will include: new lighting, hardware, flooring, and equipment. The updated space will enable the Gift Shop team to better run the shop and introduce new items.

The Aid Association Board is investing in the future of the Gift Shop and funding this project, but any level of support from individuals and businesses are welcome and will directly support the renovation efforts.

How can I support the Gift Shop Renovation?

  • Check: Payable to "AJH Aid Association"; 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport
  • A donation box will be in the Gift Shop 

The Gift Shop is special for so many patients, visitors, employees and volunteers. It's where friends and family stop to get flowers, a gift or a card to support their loved one or to find a sweet stuffed animal or onesie to celebrate a newborn. It is where countless employees visit on a regular basis to get a snack or candy, to chat with the wonderful Gift Shop workers, or often take a much-needed time out during a long or emotional day. 

Join us in supporting this long overdue project!

Executive Board

Mary Ann Abbott

Linda Salah

Anne Tuthill

Judith Bowden

Pat McGranahan

Members of the Board 2018-2019

  • Mary Ann Abbott
  • Ellen Andrews
  • Judith Bowden
  • Diantha Brown
  • Geri Buzzotta
  • Karen Davis   
  • Sue DiMartino      
  • Susan Dixon             

  • Alison Ebacher         
  • Joyce Enderle                
  • Melissa Foley    
  • Katie Habib
  • Meghan Holmes     
  • Sandra Johnson   
  • Suzanne Longley 

  • Tricia Mansfield   
  • Pat McGranahan     
  • Joan Miller      
  • Amanda Ross    
  • Jan Ryan                                                     
  • Linda Salah           
  • Marcia Samuelson       
  • Cheryl Satryb   
  • Katy Tavares 
  • Anne Tuthill