The Children's Trust

How to Get Involved

Membership is open to individuals and couples who are interested in and want to support Children’s Medical Center. For more information about The Children’s Trust, send an email to thechildrenstrust@childrens.com or call 214-456-8360. Special thank you to Park Place Dealerships, the official sponsor of the 2014 Children's Trust membership drive.

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Who We Are

The Children’s Trust was established in 2002 and plays a valuable role in helping Children’s Medical Center fulfill its mission to make life better for children. Members consist of couples and individuals passionate about pediatric healthcare and dedicated to providing leadership through service and philanthropic support to the hospital. Since its inception, The Trust has grown to include nearly 400 members annually and has given more than $1,165,000 to Children’s. These monies have been used to purchase specific items identified as critical needs by Children’s.

What We Do

Members of The Trust are invited to attend exclusive educational and social events. The Trust’s signature event, “The Big Give Vote,” offers members the opportunity to choose how they would like their annual philanthropic dollars utilized, as well as a chance to mingle with other members. Educational forums focused on current pediatric healthcare trends and relevant issues allow members to meet medical experts from Children’s and experience an insider’s view of the hospital. The Trust also hosts a popular spring Dine Around event, and members and their families are invited to the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade and private brunch. There are additional opportunities during the year to both volunteer and to provide leadership through child advocacy and fund-raising activities.

History

The Children’s Trust was founded in the fall of 2002 by two dedicated couples, Sheila and Dave Beuerlein and Betty and Brian Schultz. Both couples had a history of supporting Children’s mission and wanted to encourage their friends, colleagues and community members, who had a strong interest in children’s healthcare, to become involved with the hospital through philanthropic, educational and social activities. With an understanding of the importance of consistent and sustained giving, The Trust designates a minimum of half of all annual membership dues to support specific items identified as critical needs by the hospital. To date, The Trust has gifted more than $1,165,000 to Children’s to support the following:

  • A Smart Cycler – used to identify infectious diseases in a shorter time frame, thus allowing treatment to begin quicker (2003)
  • A mobile electrophysiology machine (2004)
  • A comprehensive research program on pediatric all-terrain vehicle injuries (2005)
  • A neonatal isolette for the hospital’s transport department and specialized medical equipment used for pediatric patient transport (2006)
  • The pediatric asthma management program (2006)
  • The construction and equipping of one room in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (2007)
  • Transport Services Department for medical equipment to furnish ambulance (2008)
  • New ultrasound technology that will increase safety and reduce infection rate for young heart patients (2009)
  • The injury prevention program and car seat initiative at Children’s (2009)
  • Funding for the renovation of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders through a challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation (2010)
  • Renovation and Expansion of the At-Risk Children (ARCH) Center (2010)
  • Training for patients using home dialysis (2010)
  • Programmatic support in the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders (2011)
  • Research for the Gastroenterology Clinic (2011)
  • A Mobile C-Arm and fluoroscopy table (2011)
  • Fogelson Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Center - Patient Family Care (2012)
  • Support for Child Life Specialist in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (2012)
  • Outreach for the solid organ transplant program (2012)
  • Renovation of nephrology unit, creating a Nephrology Center of Excellence with expanded facilities, doubling treatment capacity at Children’s (2013) 
  • Music Therapy within the Child Life Department (2013)
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention Program within Pediatric Psychiatry (2013)