Your Gifts At Work

Philanthropic gifts from our many generous supporters greatly enhanced our ability to provide remarkable care. In particular, we would like to thank the following contributors for their gifts that made possible the many programs and services at Children's.

The Heart Center

The J.L. Williams Foundation and Drs. Lisa and Joseph Forbess established endowments to provide much-needed support for cardiac nurses. 

A generous gift from the Harold Simmons Foundation established the Annette Simmons Heart Hospital. 

The Pogue Foundation established the Pogue Distinguished Chair in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which is currently held by Joseph M. Forbess, M.D., co-director of The Heart Center.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Seay graciously provided strategic funding for the cardiovascular intensive care unit, one of the largest intensive care units for pediatric cardiac care in the region. 

The establishment of the Joanie and Johnny Williams Heart Fund which will further demonstrate the Williams’ passionate commitment to help all cardiac patients and their families. Their son, Kirk, was successfully treated at Children’s in 1962 for a congenital heart defect at the age of 2 which also has led Mrs. Williams to volunteer at Children’s for more than 40 years.

Philanthropically, more than $20 million has been contributed in support of patients who visit The Heart Center. These generous supporters include: the Harold Simmons Foundation, the Pogue Foundation, The Frank and Carolyn Ryburn Fund at the Communities Foundation, the David Bruton, Jr. CharitableTrust, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Seay, and the Rudman Family.

Emergency Department

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Seay provided valuable seed funding for the Emergency Department at Children’s.


The Perot Family Center for the Care of Brain and Nerve Injuries strives to improve outcomes in brain-injured children.


Believing in the importance of ongoing support for neuroscience and the education of the next generation of neurosurgeons, Betsy and Jim Sowell established the James E. Sowell Neurosurgery Fellowship Endowment.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

The Alice Jenkins Endowment provides ongoing support for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit within Neurology.

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

With a mission to invest in the lives of children by funding cancer research, healing the soul and advocating for a cancer-free tomorrow, Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer has made philanthropic investments in Children’s that will make meaningful differences for generations to come.

Through their generous gift, the Pauline Allen Gill Foundation shares the Children’s commitment to provide world-class care for patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The Utay Family established an endowment for cancer research with the heartfelt belief that research will one day provide the answers to cure cancer.

Children’s Medical Center at Legacy

Thanks to the generous support of the community, the Children’s Legacy campaign raised more than $16 million. Supporters include: Pete and Jerry Abbott, Joyce and Denny Houlihan, the Rudman Family, Carolyn and Mark Speese, The Andrea-Mennen Foundation and LegacyTexas Bank.

Clown Program

Laughter truly is the best medicine, and Harlan and Amy Korenvaes have supported this sentiment to the fullest through their philanthropic investment in the Funnyatrics clown program.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

John and Barbara Stuart understand how important highly specialized care is for each child, and so they continue to give generously to meet the needs of the tiniest babies.

The Crystal Charity Ball created an endowment to support education for the neonatology department and is supporting the construction of the Family Support Center in the NICU.


The Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Emergency Services Network, through a highly coordinated and cooperative effort, educates emergency clinicians on how to best care for children.

The H. Lee and Ann V. Hobson Endowment was established for support of the Trauma department.

Pastoral Care

Ecumenical family services such as pastoral care are offered at no charge to patients and their families thanks to the generous support of philanthropists such as Dr. and Mrs. Henry Estess, Jr.


The diabetes program at Children’s will continue to grow and develop through the Wendell ‘Del’ Rahn Memorial Endowment. Day Surgery

Dr. Ted Votteler was a genuine pioneer in pediatric surgery. His legacy will live on through the Dr. Votteler Chief of Surgery Endowment for educational support of the Day Surgery program.

Clinical Research Program

Medical breakthroughs are discovered each day thanks to gifts from community members like Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Beecherl, Jr., who support clinical research.


The most technologically advanced and minimally invasive surgeries are available to patients because of the gift of a Da Vinci surgical robot, provided by The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation.