Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, 3600 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647 - 773-782-2800

Infant Welfare Society Auxiliary  

Celebrating over a century of service and support of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago    


Organized 1957 

Betsy Bennett

Currently the Chapter has 32 Active Members and 8 other members 

In FY 2019 we
 volunteered 4,215 hours

Special Events
In FY2019 the Chapter raised more 
than $30,000. Events included Luminaria Sales, "Playing 4 the Kids" Golf Outing and Bridge. Bean Soup Kits, Dental Goodie Bags, Arrowhead Dining Fundraiser,  Handmade Blankets, baby bibs and hats from Stitching for Comfort, Knitted hats and baby toys from Wheaton's St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Coat Drive and See Santa. 

Memorial and Honor 
donations totaled $2,690

For information on becoming a member, please email:​

Maria Penland 773-782-5041

​To learn more about our 
Chapter please visit:
L-R: Betty Johnson, Char Connell, Joan Bowers and Claire Kryczka selling luminaria gift sets at Mistletoe Medley.
 Mark Clousson driving his car in the Wheaton Christmas Parade.
Wheaton - Naperville Chapter
We completed our 50th annual Luminaria Sale during the holiday season. Many thanks to Rosanne Merrill for chairing this event, as well as all of our members and the Wheaton and Naperville communities for their continued efforts and support. We continued our partnership with Buikema’s ACE Hardware stores for the 9th year and added a Naperville location to the two Wheaton locations thanks to the efforts of Claire Kryczka and Jean Blumthal. Carlson’s True Value Store also allowed us to sell our candles and bags for another year (thank you, Nancy Carlson!). We are so thankful to the managers of these stores who generously give us space to sell our Luminaria. Our Arrowhead subdivision residents held their 50th annual Luminaria “site” sale. Thank you to the Kincaid, Swinford, Neigil and Green families who have done this for more years than we can count and to Mark Schmitt with Schmitt’s Landscaping Company who donates sand every year. We had a wonderful turnout and it is a big party with food and festivities where neighborhood residents can drive through, give the hosts their Luminaria order, pick up sand and off they go! 

Great big thanks to the Oak Brook Chapter for allowing us to sell Luminaria Gift Sets at Mistletoe Medley. We 
also thank Mark Clousson who proudly drove his car in the Wheaton Christmas Parade, decorated with Luminaria Sale signs (generously donated by Betty and Lance Johnson from their business Mark-It Company). Mark was participating in the Parade in honor of his wife, Clarice Loiacono, an honorary Chapter member who passed away in 2019.
At the annual Coat Drive our members volunteered with set up and distribution. We also donated used coats as well as 265 new coats, 1 snow suit and 72 new hats/gloves/ mittens/scarves for a total value of $6,069. Many thanks to all of our generous members and supporters for opening their hearts to contribute to this cause and to Mary Plepel (chair) and Laura Gates Keogh, our stellar shoppers, who maximized the benefits from the donations we received. The Wheaton Chapter was well represented at the See Santa Party at the Clinic with 7 members volunteering and we recognize Peter Lessek, husband of Lynda Given Lessek, who reprised his role as Santa for the third year.

Thanks to Judy Burnside, our social media guru, who has created a beautiful new website for our Chapter - please visit us at
Barb Intihar coordinated our first donation of diapers and baby wipes to the Clinic. Thanks to our association with the Aurora Chapter of the Royal Neighbors of America/Stitching for Comfort, coordinated by Betty Johnson, we delivered 25 beautiful hand-made, filled Christmas stockings to the Clinic. This wonderful group also donated 18 hat, bib and blanket sets earlier this fall. Chapter members enjoyed a Christmas ornament exchange at Char Connell’s home to celebrate the holiday season as well as the friendships that have been formed in the Chapter over the years.
L-R: Tammy Cetina, Andrea Koziarz, Char Connell, Claire Kryczka, Cathy McLaughlin and Laura Gates Keogh waiting to volunteer at See Santa.