Over 480 friends of Silver Cross Hospital attended the 86th Annual Childerguild Ball November 22 at the Odyssey Country Club and enjoyed wonderful food and dancing. The premier event of the holiday season raised over $186,000 which will be used to support women’s and children’s programs and services at Silver Cross Hospital.
The annual tradition of the Childerguild Ball began in 1928 as a fundraiser for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital and keeps going strong thanks to the commitment of the members of Childerguild and to the many friends of the hospital who contribute to make this event a great success year after year. This year, Pam Prezek and Gael O’Brienco-chaired the Ball. Their committee included: Robin Hartney, Ellen Moran, Dianne White and Jeanne Quigley.
As a prelude to the dinner, the hospital awarded medals of excellence to two prominent community service and healthcare minded individuals.
This year’s Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence was awarded to infectious disease physician Fred Alexander, M.D. Dr. Alexander has diligently served the healthcare community for over 35 years. During his career, Dr Alexander spent much time researching the rapid diagnosis and therapy of respiratory infections. Dr. Alexander and his wife were instrumental in founding the Trinity Christian School where he has served as Chairman of the school’s Board for 20 years. Dr. Alexander has also participated in several international medical mission trips. During each of these visits, the group spent a week providing medical care in underprivileged areas in Honduras, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
Silver Cross also honored Br. James Gaffney, FSC, with the Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for the many hours he has unselfishly given of his time to improve the quality of education for area residents. For the past 26 years, his vision has transformed the university into a world class educational institution. Through his leadership, he has elevated Lewis University to be the seventh largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois. During his tenure, enrollment has tripled to nearly 6,600 students. But what he is most proud of is the opportunity to provide his students a unique college experience that infuses the Catholic and Lasallian Mission into every aspect of University life. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition, preparing students to become intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, socially responsible and globally connected.
The Silver Cross Foundation is accepting nominations through Dec. 31, 2014 for the 2015 Silver Cross Medals of Excellence. For more information, call (815) 300-7105.
The 2015 Childerguild Ball will be held Saturday, November 21 and the location is to be determined.