The aroma of homemade baked goods greeted visitors to Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Bennett Education Center on Friday as the hospital’s volunteer auxiliary group held its annual bake sale.
Numerous cakes, cookies, pies and other treats filled the lobby of the center.
This year the event, which supports a number of programs, also featured an area with booths for hospital employees or auxiliary members who have side businesses.
There also was a café area where customers could have a cup of coffee with their baked treats.
Anne Webb, vice president of fundraising for the group, said all bake sale proceeds are combined with funds raised through other events throughout the year.
They are used to purchase supplemental equipment and provide scholarships to hospital employees, volunteers and their families.
“We were able to do $14,000 worth of scholarships last year,” Webb said.
Auxiliary members, which include about 300 men and women, bake most of the goodies for the annual sale, although some collect donated items from area bakeries.
Diane Smith, also on the fundraising committee, baked her specialty, a pistachio nut swirl cake.
“It tastes wonderful and if you really want to be decadent, just get some pistachio ice cream to put on top of your slices,” she said.
Hospital employee Vickie Taylor, who works in the outpatient rehab services area, said she always looks forward to the sale.
“Usually it’s around the holidays, so I can always purchase something to use for my family gathering and they’re always homemade items,” she said. “I like to support the auxiliary because they are definitely a support to us.”