Advisory Board of Silver Cross Hospital
In 1891, the same year Silver Cross Hospital was incorporated, the board of trustees chose 15 women from the membership of the four existing King’s Daughters Circles to form a Board of Lady Managers. The name was later changed to the Advisory Board. These ladies kept an eye on hospital needs and arranged for all refurbishing and beautifying there. Since this had to be paid for, they held all manner of fundraisers, including cake walks, card parties, concerts, horse shows and theater parties. They also worked with the Silver Cross Nursing School providing monthly teas and scholarships for the students. As a more permanent means of raising funds, the Encore Shop was opened on November 1, 1961.
As then, this resale shop still relies on the donation of new and used clothing and merchandise to purchase needed items for the hospital. Over the past 11 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $936,744 to Silver Cross for the purchase of X-ray equipment for the Emergency Department, ICU beds, laptop computers for Home Health nurses, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and instruments, cardiac software, blanket warmers, a new pick-up truck used to maintain the grounds of the hospital campus and a new van to serve as a courtesy vehicle to transport hospital visitors, patients and staff. The group completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital which opened Feb. 26, 2012. Currently, the group is working toward a pledge of $125,000 for an Echo Machine with Tee Probe for the Hospital.
The Encore Shop is presently located in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet—on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus. The newly expanded store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the new Encore Shop in Joliet or in the collection bin outside Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. The antique sale is held each February. For more information, call either the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.