MILWAUKEE (6/10/2009) - The Welfare Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has presented a check for $165,000 to benefit the hospital's Child Protection Center. The gift represents the largest donation to date raised by the auxiliary's annual fundraising event, the Swan Ball.
Since its formation 83 years ago, the Welfare Auxiliary has raised nearly $2.2 million to support the Child Protection Center. The center provides comprehensive assessments of children suspected to be victims of child abuse or neglect. Its goal is to protect children from abuse and provide resources to help them heal. The Child Protection Center has grown to be one of the largest medical forensic child protection programs in the country, serving thousands of Wisconsin children since its inception in 1992. It is one of six centers in the state supported by Children's Hospital and Health System.
This year's Swan Ball will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee. The black-tie affair will feature a sit-down dinner, live entertainment, dancing and a chance to purchase "portable hugs." The hugs are colorful, handmade quilts distributed to children at the Child Protection Center, offering them comfort when they need it most.
For more information about sponsorships or to request an invitation to the Swan Ball, call Beth Schroeder at (414) 962-5309 or Mary McKission at (414) 906-4016.
The Welfare Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was formed in 1926. Its members support Children's Hospital by sewing portable hugs, making toys for children, and planning and hosting the annual Swan Ball.