During a red carpet event, the TWIG Auxiliary celebrated a remarkable year at the 2011 annual meeting. The highlight of the evening came when President Cindy Guthrie presented Board of Trustees chairman, Charlie Foley, with a check for $257,000. This culminates a three-year pledge of $500,000 to support the Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center campaign.
TWIGs raise money throughout the year with a myriad of Mom's Markets, champagne luncheons, sales of every kind and special events. The two marquis events include the annual Gem City Jam & Hoopla golf outing and the 43rd Annual Sugarplum Festival of Trees.
Cindy Guthrie announced that the Auxiliary has committed to raising $500,000 over the next three years for the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment. This endowment was created to enhance an already family-focused cancer care program that will connect patients with multiple resources dealing with care, treatment, education, support groups and much more. Annual interest generated by this endowment will eventually fund a social work position, a child life specialist assigned to the cancer program and patients and educational material for patients and families.
The TWIGs recognized this year's Honorary TWIGs: Greg Burba, Andrew Denka with Accountemps, and Michael Karaman at James Free Jewelers. These individuals have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and willingness to assist the TWIGs in their fundraising projects.
The Auxiliary thanked outgoing president, Cindy Guthrie, with a beautiful crystal award and donated two patient push carts in her honor. The 2011 TWIG officers were installed:
Stephanie Palmer, President
Carol Inkrott, President-Elect
Debbie Bowers, Secretary
Jan Scheid, Treasurer
Additionally, the Officers Council and all of the 2011 TWIG branch presidents were installed.
Dayton Children's is enormously grateful for the long-standing support of the TWIGs. The Auxiliary has raised more than $8.3 million to support the patients and programs at the hospital. The TWIGs will now gear their efforts toward a new three-year $500,000 pledge to support 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 much more. Annual interest generated by the endowment will eventually fund a social work position, a child life specialist assigned to the cancer program and patients, and educational material and resources for patients and families.
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