Guardian Society

Planned giving ensures that children cared for by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin continue to receive the best care into the future. Our Guardian Society recognizes individuals who have made commitments through their estate plans.

Planned giving & estate gifts

Planned giving ensures a secure future for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Many of our friends support us through their estate plans by naming Children's Hospital of Wisconsin as a beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy, or by making a gift that returns income, such as a gift annuity. Planned gifts can provide financial benefits for you and your family while also helping the children in our community.

We are grateful to our Guardian Society members for their foresight and generosity in helping future generations.

Guardian Society

  • Anonymous (18)
  • Diane Abraham
  • Michael Abraham
  • Mary and Jeff Albrecht
  • Mrs. Joyce Altman
  • Dr. John and Elizabeth Altstadt
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ward Anderson
  • Diane and Thomas Arenberg
  • William and Marianne Arpe
  • Dr. Fredrick and Kay Austermann
  • Mr. and Mrs. James D. Baker
  • Roger W. and Theresa Barrette
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Bartolerio
  • Mary Ann Barton
  • Adam R. Bauman
  • Jean I. and Dennis H.* Bauman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Curt Bawden
  • Darcia D. Behrens
  • Donald and Jean Beier
  • Mr. and Mrs. B. Alan Bendtsen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Berens
  • Richard and Gloria Bergman
  • Mrs. Terry A. Bergum
  • Mr. Keith Berres
  • Jay R. Blankenship
  • Ms. Barbara A. Bombaci
  • Tommy Brauneis
  • John and Marilyn Breidster
  • Ms. Dianne E. Bridges
  • Robert M. Brown
  • Dan and Karen Buehrle
  • Robert and Joanne Burgardt
  • Todd J. and Deborah J. Busniewski
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dale Buss
  • John Carey
  • Jane A Chevako, MD
  • James R. Christiansen
  • Thomas A. Christiansen
  • Patricia Clanton
  • Dr. Roger D. and Sue P. Cohen
  • Gerald E. and Elizabeth H. Connolly
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Crow
  • Gloster B. Current, Jr.
  • Ms. Sandy Czosnek
  • Bernard and Alyce Dahlin
  • Merry Damrow
  • Marc Daniloff
  • Dr. and Mrs. Larry B. Dean
  • Sonya Del Camp
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kelly L. Diestler
  • Ed Dirkmann
  • Mr. Paul A. Donnelly
  • Mr. and Mrs. David J. Drury
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gary G. Edler
  • James M. Eisenman
  • Susan and Thomas* Ela
  • David and Patty Flowers
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fox
  • Ann Freudenthal
  • Mrs. Pat and Dr. Bill* Gallen
  • Ms. Suzanne Garr
  • Lora L. Gatzke
  • Tom and Nancy Gazzana
  • Laura Gille and John Howman
  • Mrs. Ruth S. Gresham
  • Lois C. Gresl
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Grigg, Jr.
  • Mr. Barry A. Gruber
  • Mr. and Mrs. David P. Hamacher
  • Suzanne C. Hansen
  • Joan J. and Leesley B.* Hardy
  • Ms. Nikki A. Hauck
  • Mrs. Dorothy A. Heale
  • Donald H. and Julie Heeg
  • Virginia Hendee and Joseph Huetz
  • Chad L. Hershner and Jeffrey Amstutz
  • Chuck Hildebrand
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hirt
  • Mary and Ray Hosmer
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ralph F. Hudson
  • Suzanne Jacky
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. James
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jay S. Jensen
  • Louise and Jonathon Jesse
  • Paul W. and Patricia A. Jones
  • Edward J. and Anna M. Jost
  • Dr. Mary K. Kachoyeanos
  • Rosalie and Gerald* Kahn
  • Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Kerschner
  • Maryanne and Al Kessel
  • Robert and Joyce Kickbusch
  • Ms. Jeanine M. Kissinger
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Kliegman
  • Carol A. Kling
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel R. Klink
  • Paul and Brenda Klister Family
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Kohn
  • Audrey J. Komarek
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kraig
  • Mr. Bernard S. Kubale
  • Fred and Gae* Lach
  • Donna  Laird
  • Ms. Rochelle Lamm
  • Rev. Leo R. Lessard
  • Nancy A. Lindenberg and Family
  • John M. Lutz
  • Mr. Donald R. Maciejewski
  • Mrs. Arlene S. Mann
  • Dr. Karen J. and Mr. Anthony J. Marcdante
  • Scott A. Mayer
  • J. Michael and Virginia McBride
  • Mrs. Mary McCann
  • Michael and Joan McCann
  • Kermit K. McGinnis in memory of Gloria J. McGinnis
  • Judy and John D.* McGourthy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Meiers
  • Mr. and Mrs. Larry T. Mercier
  • Jeremy and Savannah Merkel
  • Michelle I. Mettner
  • Dennis and Deann Meyer
  • Mr. Daniel M. Micha
  • Deanna and Keith* Miller
  • Sheryl and Jim Miller
  • Wm. E. and Iris A. Miller
  • Mary Ann Mokry
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leigh E. Morris
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Mueller
  • Ms. Susan E. Mueller
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Muir
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leslie M. Muma
  • M. Lucille Neff
  • Margaret M.B. Nelson and Duane A. Nelson
  • Patty and John Noel
  • Patricia Obletz
  • Mr. Alan Ochalek
  • Therese Olson
  • Christine A. Owsley
  • Ms. Donna M. Palkowski
  • Mrs. Charles W. Parker, Jr.
  • Mr. Mark T. Peddecord
  • Ms. Julie J. Pedretti
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pelz
  • Mary Beth and Holger Petersen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Phillips
  • Judy A. Pocan
  • Mark S. and Mary Catherine* Poker
  • Dr. Larry and Bobbi Polacheck
  • James and Kathleen Polaski
  • Bruce and Karen Polzin
  • Ruth Rademacher and Thomas R. Hansen
  • Larry and Kathi Rambo
  • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Rand
  • Christopher Rebholz and Kelly Cleary-Rebholz
  • Mr. Michael J. Reiter
  • Margaret Rendall
  • Greg and Mary Ann* Renz
  • Ms. Angela M. Rester
  • Thomas and Sheila Reuteman
  • David and Ruth Rex
  • Karen Roberts
  • John and Sue Robinson
  • Jennifer Roe
  • Janice W. and Howard* Rom
  • Mr. and Mrs. Arnold B. Romanowicz
  • James G. Rosenbaum
  • Mrs. Kelly W. Sachse
  • Dr. Carol Lee Saffioti-Hughes
  • Paul B. and Jennifer L. Sahy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Sampson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence T. Sarver
  • Dick and Fritzie Sawasky
  • Stephen and Faye* Scheil
  • Mr. Harold E. Schiferl
  • Ms. Virginia Schiferl
  • Albert G. and Shirley A. Schmidt
  • Laverne and Walter* Schmidt
  • Carlile L. and Richard M. Schneider
  • Carrie and Kory Schneider
  • Margaret and James* W. Schroeder
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schulte
  • Dan Sherman
  • Joyce M. Shiels
  • Mark and Jennifer Shiller
  • Mark and Gessa Ship
  • Andrea Shrednick Davajan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Morton Sipress
  • Jim and Shirley Skarda
  • Kim R. and Louise A. Stack
  • Mr. David J. Stanosz
  • Rollie and Sue Stephenson
  • Jeff and Katie Stewart
  • David and Paula Strelitz
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steven Struensee
  • Paul and Lisa Sweeney
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Timberlake
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nelson A. Toner
  • Timothy and Deborah Troutt
  • Ron and Peggy Troy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ken W. Vander Heiden
  • Jeffry D. and Elizabeth A. Veenhuis
  • Paul Veldboom
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jon E. Vice
  • Richard and Marilyn Vitek
  • Ms. Pamela R. Vogt
  • Ms. Judy Wagner
  • Brian A. Warnecke
  • Steve and Sandra Watson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Weisman
  • Dr. Steven and Mrs. Kristen Weisman
  • Ronald K. Wells, MD and Agnes A. Wells
  • Dave and Edie Werner
  • Ms. Patricia D. Westphal
  • Edwin P. and Barbara* Wiley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilkiewicz
  • Dennis R. Wisniewski
  • James T. Witzlib
  • Keith and Carla Wojahn
  • Kenneth and Carolyn Zacharias
  • Glenn Zellmer
  • Nick and Jodi Zerillo
  • Thomas and Jennifer Zoeller
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Zore
  • Mary-Jo Zore

*Deceased

This Year's Legacy Award Winner

Albert and Shirley Schmidt

Albert and Shirley Schmidt have been generous supporters and advocates of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for 25 years. Driven by family history and a steadfast commitment to kids, Albert and Shirley have given to Children's in every way a donor possibly could. The passion the Schmidts have for helping kids is evident by the many areas at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin touched by their generosity. 

As longtime friends of the late Max McGee and his wife, Denise, they have supported endowed chairs and established a named fund in our Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes. The Schmidts have sponsored various fundraising events and have provided unrestricted support toward areas of greatest need. Shirley, an avid Disney fan, also enjoys shopping for Disney gifts and other wish list items for foster kids at our Children's Child Advocacy Centers. 

Through their many philanthropic investments, Albert and Shirley have advanced our comprehensive diabetes program, our work in behavioral health and child advocacy at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, and multiple other programs system wide. 

Albert and Shirley have ensured that their passion for children will continue well into the future by including a significant gift to Children's in their estate plan. It's abundantly clear that helping kids is at the very core of who Albert and Shirley are, and their legacy of giving extends through their lifetime and beyond.

Past Legacy Award Winners:

2015
2014
2012
2011