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Childerguild Gives $242,000 for Silver Cross Women’s and Children’s Services

New Lenox, IL (April 4, 2014)—Recently, Childerguild presented Silver Cross with $242,000, to support the hospital’s Women and Infant Services Birthing Center including the Post Partum unit and Pediatrics unit. For the past 104 years, the local charitable organization has donated more than $3 million to support women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. Past donations have been used to purchase needed equipment including a VeinViewer, Abaer newborn hearing tester and electronic fetal monitor.

Childerguild has been thrilled to support Silver Cross Hospital,” said new Childerguild President Karen Hughes. “Our members are honored to continue this tradition of service by working on projects that will continue to benefit women and children who will be patients at the new Silver Cross Hospital for generations to come.” 

PHOTO: Pictured are Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital; with the following members of Childerguild: Georgia Alberico, Karen Hughes, Cathy Smith, Grisel Garcini, Linda Dehnert,  Lynn Reed, Marcia Obman-Gray, Diane White, Donna Rothlisberger,   Lynn Radostits, Darlene Kress, Ellen Moran, Holly Tomashek, Arlene Welbourne, Susan Vari, Rita Larson, Nancy Broucek, Marge Anderson, Pam Resutko, Judy Coope, Nancy Pelc, Carole Ziemke, Toni Howen, Barb Steffes,  Adele Adams, Barb Giegerich, Lori Schiek, Kay Collins, Sue Zuck, Norma Thompson, Peggy Maruszak, Lynda McShane, Carole Cottingham, Verna Kitchen, Bev Weber (seated) and Phyllis Etheridge (handing check). The Childerguild members presented the hospital with a check for $242,000. Funds for this donation were raised from proceeds from the Childerguild Gift Shop and Childerguild Annual Ball to benefit Silver Cross Hospital’s Women and Infant Services.   

Founded in 1910, by 13 benevolent women who had no children of their own, Childerguild was formed to benefit the obstetrics and pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital.

In the early years, Childerguild raised funds through private donations and by hosting card parties.  The members took a hands-on approach to this organization by sewing layettes and clown dolls for the pediatric patients at Silver Cross.  During the war years, members knitted sweaters for the military and gave financial support to the American Red Cross, Navy League and the Salvation Army.  As ardent supporters of the children in our community, Childerguild also made contributions to the Herald News free milk fund and the local community chest. 

Today, Childerguild raises funds by hosting their annual Ball and by operating the hospital’s gift shop.  The Childerguild Gift Shop is open 7 days a week, Sunday through Saturday and is located in the main lobby at Silver Cross Hospital.  Customers are offered many unique items in the Childerguild Gift Shop, which features exclusive gifts, jewelry, unique handbags, toys, books and darling baby clothes.  

At the recent annual meeting, the organization also installed new officers. They include: President Karen Hughes  (Shorewood resident); Vice President Grisel Garcini (Mokena resident); Secretary Peggy Maruszak (Minooka resident); Events Vice President Pam Prezek (New Lenox resident); Club Treasurer Donna Galligan (Joliet resident); and Shop Treasurer Lynda McShane (Minooka resident). The 2014 Annual Childerguild Ball is planned for Saturday, November 22, 2014. For more information about Childerguild, call the Silver Cross Volunteer Services Department at (815) 300-7117. 

To assist Silver Cross Hospital in its initiative to continue to bring state-of-the-art services close to home, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 300-7105.  

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 6 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  


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