Terrific Women in Giving - TWIGs, the auxiliary of Dayton Children's, was founded in 1965. TWIG chapters have played an important role in helping Dayton Children's provide quality care for children throughout the region. Today, Dayton Children's is supported by 20 TWIG chapters that total over 350 members. TWIG members, known as "TWIGs", include daughters, mothers, grandmothers and teenagers.
Each TWIG group hosts fundraising events throughout the year and provide numerous in-service volunteer hours at Dayton Children's. Since 1965, TWIGs have raised over $8.3 million for Children's.
Sugarplum Festival of Trees
The major TWIGS fundraising project is the annual Sugarplum Festival of Trees held each November. This year the Sugarplum Festival of Trees will take place November 22-24 at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering. This holiday extravaganza is a Dayton tradition and features a spectacular holiday Gala, amazing shopping at the Boutique and Nutcracker Sweets, a fun-filled ladies' luncheon and Breakfast with Santa. Learn more about how to get involved here.
Gem City Jam and Hoopla
TWIGs also host the Gem City Jam and Hoopla held each August at NCR Country Club. This golf outing features the head basketball coaches at Wright State University and the University of Dayton. There is a lively silent and live auction and guests are welcome to attend. The 2013 Gem City Jam and Hoopla took place on August 19, 2013 and raised $100,000.
At the January 2013 annual meeting, TWIGs presented Vishal Soin, chair of Dayton Children’s Board of Trustees, with a check for $295,000. This donation will support the Auxiliary pledge of $500,000 over three years to provide funding toward the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment. This endowment was created to enhance and already family-focused cancer care program that will connect patients with multiple resources dealing with care, treatment, education, support groups and other resources. 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.
2013 auxiliary officers:
- Sue Baker, president
- Julie Kipp, president-elect
- Chris Walsh, secretary
- Sarah Sillin, treasurer
How to Join
- Dayton Children's is proud to be a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.