Mayo Clinic Health System hosts volunteer appreciation party

A local hospital is honoring the hundreds of people who lend them a helping hand.

Mayo Clinic Health System held an ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed tea party as a thank you to all of the people who volunteer at their clinics in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, and Sparta.

Organizers say it’s a fun way to recognize those who do everything from transporting patients in wheelchairs to greeting families of patients in waiting rooms.

“They do so much for us all year long, and they give so much to our patients, and they actually ensure that our patients have a wonderful experience, rather than a woeful experience,” said Ruth Morgan, director of volunteer services.

About 150 volunteers attended this year’s appreciation event.