Jack & Evon Keck

"We wanted to do something good and make our parents proud," said Jack Keck. "We didn't realized we would be so thrilled making this gift to Silver Cross Hospital."

Lifelong Joliet residents and entrepreneurs Jack and Evon Keck wanted to do something to make a difference. Knowing the need for increased emergency services in Will County, the couple contributed generously to the expansion of the Silver Cross Emergency Department with a testamentary bequest.

Opening in 2006, the Keck Emergency Pavilion at Silver Cross served as a gateway for area residents seeking emergency, urgent or inpatient care. Designed to accommodate 60,000 patients each year, the state-of-the-art emergency department served as a prototype for the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital.

The Jack & Evon Keck Emergency Pavilion became the home for a Veterans Administration outpatient clinic. The Keck’s legacy of caring for others’ lives on in this clinic’s mission of service to our veterans.

The Kecks were also avid humanitarians. Evon served Silver Cross for 40 years as a member of the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons raising funds for the hospital’s dialysis program. Over the years, the couple contributed to economic development of the greater Joliet business community and was generous in their support for many area organizations.

Jack and Evon Keck’s strong determination and compassion towards others truly is a testament to mankind.

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