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    

Wheaton Chapter

Organized 1957 

Betsy Bennett

Currently the Chapter has 21 Active Members and 9 other members 

In FY 2018 we
 volunteered 3,350 hours

Special Events
In FY2018 the Chapter raised more 
than $30,049. Events included Luminaria Sales, "Playing 'Fore' the Kids" Golf Outing and Bridge. Coat collection, Bean Soup Kits, Coat Drive, See Santa Party, Bridge Group, and 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. 

Memorial and Honor 
donations totaled $405

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about upcoming events 
or becoming a member 
please contact:

Maria Penland 773-782-5041

Our affiliation with “Stitching for Comfort”, part of the Royal Neighbors of America, continues to be coordinated by Betty Johnson. They have created tactile mats for children in the CHAT program and knitted items for use by the Clinic’s youngest clients.

On September 13th, we had a marvelous fall day to hold our “Playing For The Kids” golf and bridge event at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. While 64 golfers were enjoying the spectacular day on the course, 36 women joined us for bridge in the Clubhouse. Our event included a luncheon as well as beautiful raffle baskets and opportunities to donate funds to buy coats for the Auxiliary’s Fall Coat Drive. We welcomed special guests Jerry Isikoff, Michelle Di Benedetto and Maria Penland from the Clinic and Sharon Smith and Arlene Simunek from the Auxiliary Board. Great thanks go to our generous sponsors, donors, members and friends who supported us in our fundraising efforts as well as co-chairs Mary Plepel, Karen Patton, Nancy Carlson, Jayne Miller and Susan Jakubiec for making this event a huge success!

Our members are looking forward to a Progressive Dinner that will be held on September 22nd. Our planning gurus Char Connell and Joan Bowers are coordinating this fun event. With Mary Plepel at the helm, coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves are already being collected in support of this fall’s Auxiliary Coat Drive. We are gearing up for our annual Luminaria Sale under the expert leadership of Rosanne Merrill with assistance from Lynda Given Lessek.

L-R:  Betsy Bennett, Pam Domin, Julia Cziesla, Lynda Given Lessek, Debi Zablock

Several groups of ladies opted out of golf and enjoyed playing bridge instead.