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Health

Childerguild gives $270,000 for Silver Cross women’s and children’s services

Pictured right is Peggy Maruszak, Childerguild president, who presented Ruth Colby, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital, with a check for $270,000 on Feb. 21 to benefit Silver Cross Hospital’s women’s and children’s services.
Pictured right is Peggy Maruszak, Childerguild president, who presented Ruth Colby, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital, with a check for $270,000 on Feb. 21 to benefit Silver Cross Hospital’s women’s and children’s services.

NEW LENOX – Childerguild recently presented Silver Cross Hospital with $270,000, to support the hospital’s birthing center, pediatric services and other women’s programs. For over a century, the local charitable organization has donated more than $4 million to support women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital.

In recent years, Childerguild’s donations have been used to buy equipment for a Cesarean section operating suite, upgrade the Special Care Nursery and fund a breast milk management system. In addition, Childerguild supports continuing education for nurses and other caregivers.   

In addition to the check presentation, at the annual meeting on Feb. 21, the organization installed new officers. They include President Marcia Obman-Gray (Plainfield resident); Vice President Barb Steffes (Lockport resident); Secretary Norma Thompson (Plainfield resident); Event Vice President Sheryl Chapman (Joliet resident); Club Treasurer Donna Galligan (Joliet resident); and Gift Shop Treasurer Lynda McShane (Minooka resident).

Founded in 1910 by 13 benevolent women who had no children of their own, Childerguild was formed to benefit the obstetrics and pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital.

In the early years, Childerguild raised funds through private donations and by hosting card parties. The members took a hands-on approach to this organization by sewing layettes and clown dolls for the pediatric patients at Silver Cross. 

During the war years, members knitted sweaters for the military and gave financial support to the American Red Cross, Navy League and The Salvation Army. As ardent supporters of the children in our community, Childerguild also made contributions to the Herald-News’ free milk fund and the local community chest.

Today, Childerguild raises funds by hosting their annual Ball, which is scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, and by operating the hospital’s gift shop. 

The Childerguild gift shop is open Monday through Sunday and is located in the main lobby at Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Customers are offered many unique items including jewelry, handbags, fresh flowers, cards, toys, books and baby clothes, among other hard items. 

For information, call 815-300-7117.

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