Donor Recognition

La Rabida Children's Hospital, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, appreciates every single donor, regardless of their donation amount. We also recognize those whose gifts make an extraordinary difference in the life of a child and the operations of the hospital. Read more about corporate giving.

CVS Caremark Gift Helps Fund Critically Needed Lung Function Machine
Through the generous support of CVS Caremark, long time friend and supporter of
La Rabida Children’s Hospital, the hospital was recently able to purchase a new machine that helps Respiratory Care Therapists measure a patient’s lung capacity. La Nae, age 10, is seated in the HDpft (High Definition Pulmonary Function Test) 4000, which was funded in part through a gift from CVS. This state-of-the-art machine provides “lung volume and airways resistance results in less than 60 seconds,” according to nSpire, the manufacturer. “The HDpft is much more accurate than older machines and provides real-time information,” said Linda Robinson, RT, manager of Respiratory Care. “We truly appreciate the generosity of corporate donors such as CVS.”

Magellan Promotes Hospital and Cubs Charities on Michigan Avenue
To commemorate Wrigley Field's 100th birthday and the many historical moments that have taken place at the park over the last century, Cubs Charities partnered with 47 Chicago-based nonprofits, celebrities and artists to decorate 50 pairs of custom-made ballpark seats.

La Rabida was offered this wonderful opportunity through our longtime supporters at Magellan Corp. The hospital’s seats, custom designed by our own Debra Opitz, honored Cubs pitcher Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins, whose number was retired by the Cubs in 2009.

Many thanks to the White Sox and the McCormick Foundation for this wonderful opportunity!

 

White Sox hosts Premier Kids at U.S. Cellular Field
La Rabida’s Premier Kids program was recently selected as a Chicago White Sox Community Fund & McCormick Foundation Grant recipient. Several members of the Premier Kids team attended a White Sox game, met and connected with other grant awardees and went on the field to accept the $10,000 check.

Many thanks to the White Sox and the McCormick Foundation for this wonderful opportunity!

 

Golf Lovers Support La Rabida
Morton's The Steakhouse recently hosted its 13th annual Morton's Golf Classic. More than 100 of Morton's most loyal guests attened the outing held at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills. Funds raised through various activities during the event brought in nearly $16,000 for the hospital.

Morton's was introduced to the La Rabida family through its strong relationship with Trustee Bob Arthur, president, Magellan Corp. Nicole Raftery (pink), regional director of operations, and Jill Koss (purple), sales and marketing manager, at Morton's stopped by to deliver the check to CEO Brenda Wolf and Janet Haines, VP of fund development and external affairs.

White Sox Hit it Out of the Park for Burn Victim
Eight-year-old Adorien, who is recuperating after burns from a house fire, was recently dazzled by a surprise gift in his hospital room.

Among bubble-wrapped White Sox paraphernalia was Adorien’s very own replica “championship” ring.

“I want to show my mom!” Adorien exclaimed as he gestured toward the bench where his iPad was charging nearby.

The ring was a special gift delivered by Christine O’Reilly, senior director of community relations for the Chicago White Sox, who had toured the hospital the day before, talking with providers, staff and patients.

A special education major in college, O’Reilly expressed a deep appreciation of the services La Rabida provides to children with special health care needs. “This place is a beacon of hope,” said O’Reilly, also the executive director of longtime La Rabida supporter Chicago White Sox Charities.

O’Reilly’s diamond-encrusted 2005 White Sox World Championship ring drew big smiles and one innocent question: “Can I have it?” 

The “bling ring” replica arrived the next day packed in with a Sox shirt, cap, bobble head doll, Southpaw mascot stuffed animal, and a membership to the White Sox Kid’s Club.

The second grader promptly used Face Time to show his new goodies to his mom. “I’ll give the bobble head to my brother,” he begrudgingly said while putting the miniature baseball bat in the small player’s hand. “I broke his.”

The month before, the Rolling Meadows Firefighters Local 3075 gave Adorien the iPad to keep in touch with family and friends. They had rescued him from the fire this spring.

“You are a lucky boy,’’ said Tiffany Fentry to her son. “I can’t wait to see it in person.”

Spirit of Children Smart Board
Spirit of Children, a national organization that helps Child Life departments in pediatric hospitals create educational entertainment for hospitalized kids, recently donated $12,190 to the La Rabida Child Life area.

Child Life used part of the funds to purchase an innovative new learning tool, the TAP-it. This interactive “smart board” can differentiate between an intentional “tap” and an accidental touch. The device, which is compliant with recommendations from the Americans with Disabilities Act, allows kids to work at their own pace and offers fun activities for kids of all ages.

“Nicholas is a very active, tactile learner who loves singing and dancing,” said Child Life Specialist Marianna Villarreal. “The TAP-it allows him to remain engaged for longer periods of time, therefore assisting with visual attention and task completion.”

The TAP-it is adjustable, making it accessible for children with varying levels of mobility. Nicholas, 8, enjoys this new addition to the Child Life Pavilion.

Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children sponsors and hosts Halloween celebrations in children's hospitals throughout the country and supports entertaining activities for hospitalized kids and their families year round.

Magellan Promotes Hospital at U.S. Cellular Field
Magellan Corporation, an international global steel distributer, has generously included La Rabida among the organizations promoted through Magellan’s new role as official sponsor of the Chicago White Sox premium Scout Seat Section and Scout Seat Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field. La Rabida Trustee and Magellan President Bob Arthur made this opportunity possible for several of the charitable organizations he supports.

The La Rabida presence there includes two prominent murals: the first highlights core areas of expertise including support for technology dependent children, rehabilitation services and diabetes management.

The second panel includes the hospital logo and mission statement. The promotional package also includes a Scout Seat field sign behind home plate that displays the
La Rabida logo.

Additionally, La Rabida and the other featured charities each created content for a 3D display case. The display will be rotated among the charities in the Magellan Scout Seat Lounge throughout the White Sox season.

The La Rabida exhibit, which was chosen to kick off the season in April, included a model of the hospital and showcased key areas of expertise at La Rabida, as well as a timeline of the hospital’s rich 117-year history.

CVS Caremark Gift Helps Fund Critically Needed Lung Function Machine
Through the generous support of CVS Caremark, La Rabida Children’s Hospital was recently able to purchase a new machine that helps Respiratory Care Therapists measure a patient’s lung capacity. La Nae, age 10, is seated in the HDpft (High Definition Pulmonary Function Test) 4000, which was funded in part through a gift from CVS. This state-of-the-art machine provides “lung volume and airways resistance results in less than 60 seconds,” according to nSpire, the manufacturer. “The HDpft is much more accurate than older machines and provides real-time information,” said Linda Robinson, RT, manager of Respiratory Care. “We truly appreciate the generosity of corporate donors such as CVS.”

$10,000 proceeds from the annual Miracle on State Street benefit
WTMX-FM (101.9 the MIX) once again demonstrated its generosity and commitment to La Rabida by donating the $10,000 proceeds from the annual Miracle on State Street benefit concert to the hospital. Pictured are Fund Development & External Relations VP Janet Haines, CEO Brenda Wolf, Trustee and Executive VP and COO of Hubbard Radio Drew Horowitz, and MIX Marketing Director Dave Karkowski.