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Childerguild to Recognize Dr. Mark Danielson & Bob Rogina at Annual Ball Nov. 20

Joliet, IL (October 20, 2010)— The Childerguild will host its 82nd annual Ball Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.  The evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence for Healthcare to Dr. Mark Danielson and the Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for Community Service to community leader Bob Rogina. This year’s Ball is particularly special since it marks Childerguild’s 100 years of service to Silver Cross Hospital by raising funds to support and serve women and children.

The Childerguild Ball will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing. Tickets are $185 per person and include an open bar. Black-tie is optional. Childerguild’s proceeds from this year’s event will be used to benefit women’s and children’s programs and services at the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital. Call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105 to make reservations.

two-guys-honoredThe annual tradition of the Childerguild Ball began in 1928 as a fundraiser for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital, and keeps going strong thanks to the commitment of the members of Childerguild and to the many friends of the hospital who contribute to make this event a great success year after year. This year Michele Vana, Kim Brooks and Susan Frangella are chairing the Ball.

Sehring Medal of Excellence Honoring Dr. Mark Danielson
The Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of George H. Sehring, M.D.—a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession.  Past recipients include Ernesto “Ernie” Tan, Dr. Al and Kay Ray, Tom Streitz, D.D.S., Daniel Gutierrez, M.D., Richard Tarizzo, M.D., Wylie Mullen, M.D., Samuel Goldhaber, M.D., Lora McGuire, R.N., Bun Siu Co, M.D, Keyton Nixon, and Irving “Bill” Rudman, M.D.

This year’s recipient is Mark Danielson, M.D.   Dr. Danielson has diligently served the healthcare community for over 30 years. Throughout his 22 years at Silver Cross Hospital, he has shared his expertise as a leader serving as Chairman of the Surgery Department for three terms. Throughout his life, he has worked hard and given freely of his time to improve the lives of others – whether he is helping a fellow physician, his family or area children.

Over the years, Dr. Danielson has volunteered with several community organizations. For the past 14 years, he has been President of the Christian Youth Center Board, which serves the Joliet and Will County communities and is a non-denominational Christian outreach for families and kids offering a safe place for children to gather. Dr. Danielson and his wife, Carol, were foster parents for 10 years for 16 babies for the Evangelical Child and Family Agency. In addition, he has participated in medical mission work in Honduras with the World Gospel Outreach.
“Dr. Danielson’s dedication to Silver Cross Hospital and this community through his many volunteer efforts makes him a deserving recipient of the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence Award,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.  “For his countless hours of service, we are truly grateful.” 

Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Bob Rogina
The Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball.  This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than healthcare that contributes to the common good.  The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.  Past recipients include James “Jim” Fagan, Val Rand, J.D. Ross, Frank Turk, Jr., Doug Hutchison, Gladys Fox, LaVerne and Dorothy Brown, Frank Margaron, Pam Heavens, Rev. Isaac Singelton Sr., and John Leach.

This year’s recipient is Robert “Bob” Rogina. Bob Rogina is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents. Throughout his engineering career, Bob worked on various roadway projects including the I80 construction project and the Joliet water and sewer systems. In 1988, Bob started his own firm called Rogina & Associates where he still manages a professional staff involved with the civil and environmental engineering systems for water storage, distribution and treatment systems, utilities, roads and bridges, highways, street lighting systems, and flood control systems.

Throughout Bob’s life, he has been known as a dedicated community activist. In the 1980’s he served as Chairman of the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) where the goal was to create jobs in Joliet. This experience motivated him to get more involved in helping others find work and have area communities prosper. Over the years, Bob has served on several committees for the Will County United Way and was Chairman for 2 years. Bob also has served countless hours on the Cornerstone Services Board of Directors, which he currently Chairs, the Will County Community Foundation, and the University of St. Francis Board of Directors. Presently, Bob is Chairman of the Silver Cross Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chairman of the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign helping to raise funds to build Silver Cross’ replacement hospital.

“Bob Rogina provides a wonderful example of service to the community in which he resides,” comments Pawlak.  “Through his leadership and insight, he has contributed in countless ways to improve the communities in Will County and the lives of its residents.

About Childerguild
This year, Childerguild is celebrating its centennial anniversary. 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 Monday through Saturday and is located in the Smith Pavilion lobby at Silver Cross Hospital.  Customers are offered many unique items in the Childerguild Gift Shop, which features distinctive gifts, jewelry, unique handbags, toys, books and darling baby clothes. 

In the 100 years that Childerguild has been in existence, they have donated $2,312,622.80 to Silver Cross Hospital. $93,000 of that total represents the 2010 donation to the Obstetrics Department to be used to purchase two fetal monitors, reclining chairs for expectant fathers, rocking chairs, Bili-blankets, a bladder scanner and onsite mother/baby in-service training.

For more information about Childerguild, call Silver Cross Volunteer Services at (815) 740-7117.

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 the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in February 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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