Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary: Supporting Healthcare for 50 Years – Since it was established more than 50 years ago, the 400-member Auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to Bridgeport Hospital facility improvements, equipment purchases, nursing scholarships and other projects. The Auxiliary sponsors a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year, including dinner dances and art, book and jewelry sales. In addition, the group operates the hospital gift shop in the main lobby, which underwent an extensive renovation in 2009. Profits from gift shop sales are also donated to the hospital. Many Auxiliary members are also active volunteers who contribute their time and energy in patient care and support areas of the hospital.