TWIGs (Terrific Women in Giving)

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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 14-16 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 auction and guests are welcome to attend.  The 2013 Gem City Jam and Hoopla raised $100,000. This year's event takes place on August 18, 2014.  Click here to register.

Annual Support

At the January 2014 annual meeting, TWIGs presented Vishal Soin, chair of Dayton Children’s Board of Trustees, with a check for $265,000.  This donation completed the Auxiliary pledge of $500,000 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.


TWIG Officers

2014 auxiliary officers:

  • Julie Kipp, president
  • Michelle Morrison, president-elect
  • Jan Turkelson, secretary
  • Betty Staggs, treasurer

How to Join

To join TWIGs, contact the development office at 937-641-3405 or email Jill Lewis.




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Upcoming Events

Voyage on the Parkway: a fun event for families with preschool aged children.

Wear a red shirt and join community partners walking from Our Lady of the Rosary School to the Kroc Center

Child car seat safety check by certified technicians

Blue Ribbon Nite Gala to support the Child Advocacy Center of Warren County

Join us for this special one night only event to raise money for Dayton Children's! Mingle with several of your favorite Dayton media celebrities including Nancy Wilson and several WHIO-TV personalities. Country Music superstars Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn will be performing live!

The Sugarplum Festival of Trees is an annual holiday extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season for the Miami Valley.

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