It’s lights, camera, action for this year’s Childerguild Ball benefitting women and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. Known as one of the premier events of the holiday season, Childerguild will roll out the red carpet Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Medals of Excellence presentations, dinner, and dancing to the Don Cagen Orchestra.
The 86th annual Ball will be a star-studded affair in true Hollywood-style honoring two local celebrities: Frederick Alexander, M.D. and Brother James Gaffney, FSC.
Sehring Medal of Excellence Honoring Dr. Fred Alexander
The Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of George H. Sehring, M.D.—a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession. This year’s recipient is Fred Alexander, M.D.—an infectious disease physician who has 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.
Over the years, Dr. Alexander always found time to give back to the community. 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.
Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Br. James Gaffney, FSC
The Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball. This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than healthcare that contributes to the common good. The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.
This year’s recipient is Br. James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. For the past 26 years, his vision and leadership has transformed the university into 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. Br. Gaffney is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents.
Secure your Ticket
Tickets are $200 per person and include an open bar. Black tie attire optional. Call Childerguild Ball Committee Member Robin Hartney at (815) 922-5376 to make reservations.