Inova Riverside Gift Shop Celebrates 60 Years, October 15
The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital announces the 60th anniversary of the Riverside Gift Shop. The shop was founded by the Ladies Board in 1963 to serve the hospital and raise funds to support Inova Loudoun Hospital. In total the Gift Shop has raised over $1.5 million to support Inova Loudoun and is projecting another successful year.
The shop, which recently moved to the new North Tower of Inova Loudoun, features unique gifts, seasonal decor, fresh flowers, skincare products, casual clothing and necessities for patients and the community and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Teck Russell, one of the shop’s most seasoned volunteers, said, “This is not just any ordinary hospital gift shop! You’d be very surprised to see what we carry. People come to the hospital just to shop here—especially for holidays!”
“The shop is a hidden gem in the community. Not only is it a destination gift shop, the proceeds support the hospital and provide scholarships for nurses. Inova Loudoun is thankful and appreciative of the difference the Ladies Board members and the gift shop have provided over the past 60 years,” adds Susan Carroll, President, Inova Loudoun Hospital.
The Ladies Board, established in 1912, funds its many projects with proceeds from the Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale (established in 1926), Twice Is Nice thrift shop in Leesburg, Riverside Gift Shop, the Lights of Love remembrance program, and the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund. Money raised is used for nursing scholarships ($120,000 in 2023) and the purchase of equipment and program support for the hospital. In 2008, The Greatest Needs Fund was established by the Board and Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation to fund special needs equipment and other materials. Also in 2008, The Board fulfilled a $1 million pledge for new Birthing Inn, which is named for The Ladies Board. The Ladies Board is more than halfway toward fulfilling its current pledge of $1.2M from the Loudoun Rising Campaign.
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The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote goodwill between the community and the hospital and to raise funds for patient services, nursing education, and hospital projects.