1964 – A group of women from the Oak Park / River Forest (IL) area created the non-profit organization "Children's Memorial Guild" as an auxiliary group of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. These women had close ties to the hospital - either a son/daughter had been treated there or knew someone who did.
1964 - 2011 – The Children's Memorial Guild contributes a total of $1,036,525 to Children's Memorial Hospital.
Summer 2012 – Children's Memorial moved to its new location in the Streeterville neighborhood and changed the name to "Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago". We took the opportunity to re-brand and re-evaluate the Guild's mission. Thus, The Childrens Foundation was born.
2013 - 2014 – Our annual fundraising events included: A Taste of Spring (2013) with guest speaker Steve Dolinsky from ABC 7 and Farm To Table Fare (2014) with guest speaker Jeff Mauro from Food Network. We raised a total of $45,000 for a research study directed by Dr. Latania K. Logan on the epidemiology of Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria in children across multiple Chicago-area hospitals.
2015 - 2016 - Our annual fundraising events included: At The Movies (2015) with guest speaker Paris Schutz, Chicago Tonight’s political correspondent and Celebrate Spring (2016) with guest speaker Ina Pinkney, the legendary Breakfast Queen of "Ina's". We provided $27,500 funding towards the establishment of a neurophysiology laboratory at the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, directed by Dr. Nicole Russo-Ponsaran, with the goal of measuring, treating, and understanding social-emotional learning challenges in children.
2017 - 2018 - Our annual fundraising events included: Spring Into Summer (2017) with guest speaker Geordan Stenson, Executive Chef at Freestyle Food + Drink - Dana Hotel & Spa, Chicago and Sweet Home Chicago (2018) with guest speakers Carol Mighton Haddix & Bruce Kraig, Editors of "The Chicago Food Encyclopedia". We provided a total of $40,000 funding to Camp JAM which provides a safe and secure camping experience for children and teens with juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases.
It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.
Thank you to all our members and generous donors - without your support, none of this would be possible!