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 27 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

​L-R: Helping out at See Santa is Andrea Koziarz, 
Peter Kessek, Lynda Given Lessek, Char Connell and Claire Kryczka 
We currently have 27 Active Members, 8 Sustaining Members and 1 Honorary Member. Following a very successful Membership Campaign, we welcomed five enthusiastic new members - Beth Campbell, Andrea Koziarz, Claire Kryczka, Betsy Prete and Sharon Trockman! We are thrilled to welcome these talented and capable women into our ranks and look forward to their friendship as well as future contributions to our chapter.

We completed our annual Luminaria Sale during the recent holiday season. A big thank you to the Oak Brook Chapter for allowing us to sell Luminaria at Mistletoe Medley. Many thanks to Rosanne Merrill for chairing this profitable event as well as all of our members and the Wheaton community 
for their continued efforts and support.
Pictured right:  Left - Right: Betty Johnson, Pam Domin and Joan Bowers volunteering at the Auxiliary Annual Coat Drive.
Pictured left: 
Left - Right:  
Betty Johnson, Susan Jakubiec and Pat Danly sold Luminaria 
at Oak Brook Chapter’s Mistletoe Medley.

Wheaton Chapter
For the Clinic’s annual Coat Drive, in addition to used coats donated to CD One Price Cleaners and many of our members volunteering at set up and distribution, the Chapter provided 127 new coats, 20 snow pants/snow suits and 98 new hats/gloves/ mittens/scarves for a total value of $5,299. Thank you, Mary Plepel, for coordinating this effort

Our Marathon Bridge players presented us with a check for $560 from their group and our continuing Bridge Group has generously donated $350 in honor of parents of four of the Bridge Group members. The Wheaton Chapter was well represented at the See Santa Party at the Clinic and heartily thanks Peter Lessek, husband of Lynda Given Lessek, for his appearance as Santa.

Thanks to our association with the Aurora Chapter of the Royal Neighbors of America/Stitching for Comfort, coordinated by Betty Johnson, we were able to deliver 50 beautiful hand-made, filled Christmas stockings to the Clinic. Our members keep busy attending chapter meetings and supporting fund raising efforts, but we also make the time to socialize with each other, combining enjoying camaraderie while benefitting the Chapter and the Clinic.