"She felt so proud that she could make that kind of donation, for the good of the hospital."
Jane Fortune, La Feliz Guild Member, said of her mother, Margaret Bennett, a life-long member of Las Madrinas Guild and Million Dollar supporter of Valley Children's Hospital.
Who We Are - Our History
In 1949 a group of civic-minded women saw a need for a dedicated pediatric hospital in our valley. As these five women moved forward with their vision of creating a "hospital for children only," so emerged the idea of a guild system. Since their inception, the Guilds have been a vital part of the hospital.
The Guilds have two primary objectives, to raise financial support and develop ongoing community support for Valley Children's Hospital. It was through the fundraising efforts of the original Guilds that Valley Children's Hospital was constructed in 1952 at its original site.
Today there are 15 Guilds throughout the hospital's service area. The Guilds are the largest financial contributors, raising over $30 million and have made the largest single donation of $5 million towards the establishment of the Guilds Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Endowment. Currently, the Guilds are raising $5 million towards the establishment of the Guilds Center for Community Health Endowment.