WELLSVILLE — From administrators to members of the auxiliary, all were amazed Saturday night when the funds raised by the eight 2017 Jones Memorial Hospital Queen Candidates went into double digits and more than doubled last year’s total.

They raised $17,181.63 to set the new record, according to the administrators who tallied the funds.

"Can you believe that amount?" Jones Memorial Hospital CEO Eva Benedict asked the crowd gathered at the Wellsville Country Club for the JMH Masquerade Gala Saturday night. "They did an amazing job and did so much work at a very busy time in their lives. What a job they did." 

Queen candidate Skyler Schrlau alone raised $5,183 in raffle ticket sales to earn the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 2017 Queen title.

Schrlau was the candidate nominated by the Maple Twig. She is the daughter of Angel and Michael Schrlau of Wellsville. A junior at Wellsville high school, she is a member of SADD, the yearbook committee and plays soccer in the school and community leagues. She is employed at the David A. Howe Library.

The first runner up was Sarah Cole. The daughter of Mary Kate and Jeremy Cole of Wellsville, she was the Rotary candidate.

The second runner up was Olivia Hart representing the Olive Twig. She is the daughter of Christy and Joe Hart of Wellsville and is a junior at Wellsville High School.

Following the announcement of the 2017 Queen, tickets were drawn for the raffle. Dale Vossler won $500. Don Beckwith won $300 and Michelle Gonska won $100.

Benedict went on to praise the auxiliary for their support of the hospital.

"Our auxiliary is phenomenal. The dollars they raise go to patient care and equipment that we could otherwise not afford on our budget," she said.

Benedict also thanked Gala chairwomen Anne Sobeck and Beth Day for their work.

At this year’s Gala, attendees wore decorative masks. Auxiliary member Pat Balcom noted that most everyone attending got into the spirit of wearing masquerade masks.

"They are some really nice masks here and people really got into the idea of wearing masks. They really seem to like it," she said.

While speaking to the crowd, Benedict choked up when she paid tribute to the late Lisa Sweet, her administrative assistant who was integral to the auxiliary gala.

"Lisa was the glue that held everything together and I know that she is smiling down on us tonight," she said.

Benedict also remembered the late auxiliary member Nancy Lotter for her work with the auxiliary as well as helping with the gala.

"We have lost two of our family and I want to thank them for all the work they did on behalf of the hospital. They are sadly missed," Benedict said.