02-07-2012 (Dayton, OH) -
TWIGS (Terrific Women In Giving), the auxiliary of The Children's Medical Center of Dayton, presented the hospital with a check for $271,500, more than half of the auxiliary’s 2011 three-year pledge of $500,000 for the Pediatric Cancer and blood Disorders Care Endowment. The check was presented by Stephanie Palmer, 2011 auxiliary president, to Dayton Children’s President and CEO David Kinsaul during the auxiliary’s January 26, 2012 annual meeting at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering.
The Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment was created to enhance an already family-focused cancer care program that would connect patients with multiple resources dealing with care, treatment, education, support groups, and so much more. Annual interest generated by this endowment will eventually fund a social work position, a child life specialist specifically assigned to the cancer program and patient/family educational materials.
Several members of the community were also recognized during the evening as honorary TWIG members for their outstanding support of the organization. Recognized were:
· Kinsaul, who was has been president and CEO of Dayton Children’s since 2003 and is retiring in June, was named an honorary TWIG due to his purposeful leadership that combined enthusiasm, hard work, a balance of family and community involvement. He was honored for the achievements realized during his tenure at Dayton Children’s such as the $25 million installation of the EPIC clinical information system and the facilities expansion including the development of Springboro Outpatient Care Center, a $16.7 million outpatient specialty center on the hospital’s main campus, a critical care complex, and a new pediatric trauma and emergency center.
· Emmett Broxson, MD, medical director of Dayton Children’s Comprehensive Center for Cancer Care and Blood Disorders, was also named an honorary TWIG. Dr. Broxson was recognized for his work in the treatment of children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorder and for the work he does for TWIGS. His wife, Carol, is a member of TWIG 25 and with her Dr. Broxson supports many of their branch activities including the garage sale and the Sugarplum Festival of Treed.
The 2011 elected officers of the auxiliary are as follows: Debbie Bowers of Beavercreek, president; Sue Baker of Beavercreek, president elect; Julie Kipp of Beavercreek, secretary; and Elaine Knock of Springboro, treasurer.
Among some of the events planned for 2012 are the Gem City Jam Golf Outing and Hoopla on August 20 at NCR Country Club in Ketteringand the annual Sugarplum Festival of Trees event November 16 through the 18 at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering.
For more information about how to become a TWIG member, contact the development office at Dayton Children’s at 937-641-3405 or join the TWIGS Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/twigaux.
About Dayton TWIGs
TWIGs (Terrific Women In Giving) are diverse individuals committed to providing support for a wide range of services at Dayton Children’s. There are over 300 members participating in over 20 TWIG branches throughout the Miami Valley through various fundraising projects including auctions, luncheons, fashion shows and sales of specialty items. Since their establishment, TWIGs have donated over $8 million to The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton.
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