Age and gender are not recruitment factors for Burgess Auxiliary members – interest in the hospital and auxiliary projects are. Our members are committed to serving our community through their support of Burgess Health Center.

The Burgess Auxiliary is an active group, always looking for more members. Our members are very committed to meeting the needs of the hospital through monetary donations. Whatever the need or project, the auxiliary is always ready to help.

Since January 2020, the auxiliary donated more than $75,000 to Burgess Health Center for the purchase of equipment and patient room needs.  Those donations weren’t possible without the faithful shoppers at ACT II [which is our largest fundraising source] and Ventures, as well as personal donations and membership dues.

Membership dues and donations are essential to help the auxiliary continue fulfilling its purpose.  Auxiliary contributions are essential to Burgess Health Center’s commitment to the people and communities it serves.

The annual membership fee is $10.00. Lifetime membership is $100.00, and life members are exempt from additional dues.

To become a member, print and complete a membership form or pick up a form at the Burgess Health Center information desk or ACT II. Please return your completed form and dues to Auxiliary Treasurer, Burgess Health Center, 1600 Diamond Street, Onawa, IA 51040.

Gift Shop

The gift shop was closed during 2020 due to COVID restrictions. It will be relocated and larger when the hospital expansion project is completed.

ACT II Consignment Shop

Located at 813 Iowa Avenue in Onawa, ACT II is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday. Gently-used items are received daily, and the inventory rotates frequently. So, stop in to see what might become “new to you.” Visit the ACT II Facebook page to find out more.


Five scholarships are awarded each spring to area high school seniors and first-year college students that wish to pursue a career in a health-related field. Applications are available January through March online, at ACT II, and at the Burgess Health Center front desk. Applications are accepted until April 1.

Auxiliary Fundraising Events

Burgess Auxiliary-sponsored sales events provide a fun shopping experience while generating revenue for Auxiliary projects.  Profits from each event are donated back to Burgess to benefit patient programs and to purchase new equipment and support services.

Ventures – An opportunity for original art and crafts work, antiques, recycled or junk art, books, and displays (such as Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Scentsy) vendors to display and sell their wares. This event is always held on the second Saturday and Sunday of September each year at the Monona County Fairgrounds in Onawa. If you wish to participate during the next event, please print and complete a Ventures Exhibitor or Food Vendor Application and return it and your fee to Cheryl Warner, Ventures Coordinator, 1108th 15th Street, Onawa, IA 51040.

COVID restrictions required that in-hospital events cannot be held.  Therefore, Collective Goods Book & Gift, The Nutman Company, and Huge $6 Jewelry sales were suspended until further notice.