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Childerguild Raises over $125,000 for Silver Cross at Annual Ball

Hospital Honored Dr. Mark Danielson & Bob Rogina at Annual Ball

Joliet, IL (Dec 1, 2010)— Over 465 friends of Silver Cross Hospital attended the 82nd annual Childerguild Ball November 20 at the Odyssey Country Club and enjoyed wonderful food and dancing. The premiere event of the holiday season raised over $125,000, which will be used to support the hospital’s maternal-child services.

The 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’s Ball was particularly special since it marked Childerguild’s 100 years of service to Silver Cross Hospital by raising funds to support and serve women and children. Michele Vana, Kim Brooks and Susan Frangella co-chaired the Ball. 

childerguild2010ball4Photo Caption: Pictured are Jim Roolf, Chairman of Silver Cross Hospital Board of Directors, Bob Rogina, 2010 Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence recipient, Dr. Mark Danielson, 2010 Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence recipient, and Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital at the 82nd annual Childerguild Ball on November 20 at the Odyssey Country Club.

As a prelude to the dinner, the hospital awarded medals of excellence to two prominent community service and healthcare minded individuals.

This year’s Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence was awarded to Dr. Mark Danielson. 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. 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. Also 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.”  

Silver Cross also honored Bob Rogina with the Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence.  Bob Rogina 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. In the 1980’s he served as Chairman of the Will County Center for Economic Development 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. 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 the 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.”

The Silver Cross Foundation is accepting nominations through Dec. 31, 2011 for the 2012 Silver Cross Medals of Excellence.  For more information, call (815) 740-7105.

In anticipation of the opening of the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, Childerguild will combine efforts with Silver Cross Hospital to host one grand event:  Illumination….A Celebration to Light the Way on February 4, 2012 in the new hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The 2012 Childerguild Ball will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 and the location is to be determined. For 100 years, Childerguild has benefited women and children at Silver Cross Hospital.  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.  In the early years, Childerguild raised funds through private donations and by hosting card parties.  Today proceeds from annual events such as the Ball along with the efforts of Childerguild members to operate the hospital’s Gift Shop has allowed the organization to donate over $2.3 million to fund maternal/child care projects at Silver Cross Hospital. For more information about Childerguild, call the Silver Cross Volunteer Department 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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