Women's Auxiliary

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The Women's Auxiliary is a non-profit organization established in 1962 by leaders in our community with a mission to render efficient and effective service to all units of Children's Health℠. Our members have been dedicated ambassadors of Children's Health for the past 60 years.

Letter from the President

Welcome back! As we begin our 12th year of service to Children’s Medical Center Plano, we are committed to supporting Children’s mission to make life better for children. I am honored to serve as President of the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano for 2021-2022, and I am excited to work with a team of dynamic women who have a positive impact on so many lives.

Although there is still uncertainty ahead for each of us individually and for the Women’s Auxiliary, I believe there are so many reasons to be excited about the upcoming year. The Board and I look forward to engaging our members through many volunteer opportunities the Auxiliary has available to serve the needs of the hospital. Keep an eye out for our newsletters and emails and sign up for the ones that interest you. We hope everyone will have the opportunity to get more involved this year.

Additional reasons for all of us to be excited about this year are tied to the exciting improvements underway on the Plano campus. First is the anticipated completion of the expanded and enhanced Women’s Auxiliary Playground, designed to better accommodate children of all abilities. Second is the ongoing major expansion of the Plano campus, which will include the addition of a 300,000-square-foot tower that twill house expanded specialty programs and patient family amenities, allowing children from northern communities to receive care closer to home and their families to have more conveniences available on campus. This campus expansion is sure to provide additional opportunities for Women’s Auxiliary volunteers.

I congratulate and thank our outgoing President, Joan C. Smith, and everyone on the 2020-2021 Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano Board. It was an unprecedented year for everyone, and every single board member was able to be creative, work within the parameters set due to COVID-19 and make every meeting, project and fundraiser successful. I was in awe of the flexibility shown. This board could not be deterred from its mission.

I am grateful for your involvement in the Women’s Auxiliary. Please invite your friends to join us as we support Children’s mission to make life better for children. You are welcome to give me a call anytime you have a question or want to provide feedback about our Auxiliary. I look forward to the year ahead and working with each of you.

All the Best,

Allison Doyle
President 2021-2022
Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano

  • Donate to the Auxiliary

    The Women's Auxiliary carries out its mission by raising funds to support high-need areas of the hospital. Thank you for helping us.

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  • Become a Member

    Membership is open to all women committed to the Auxiliary’s mission of helping Children's Health make life better for children.

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  • Events and Projects

    We carry out our mission by raising funds to support high needs areas of the hospital through several annual fundraising projects and events.

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2020-21 Women's Auxiliary Plano Photos

  • Leadership

    Congratulations to our 2021-2022 officers. Your leadership will help Children's Health fulfill its mission to make life better for children.

    • President
      Allison Doyle
    • President-Elect
      Donna Ivy
    • Treasurer
      Melanie Wong 
    • Treasurer-Elect
      Mary Ellen Owen 
    • Recording Secretary
      Kathy Schell 
    • Corresponding Secretary
      Christel Morrison 
    • Parliamentarian
      Joan C. Smith 
    • Boo Yard Sign Challenge
      Elyse Graver
      Beth Vasil
    • Communications
      Beth Webb 
    • Deck the Halls
      Linda Jung Wong
    • Deck the Halls-Elect*
      Kelley Feagins 
    • Graphic Design*
      Melissa Bullock 
    • Hospitality
      Dian Hopson
      Joa Muns 
    • Legacy of Love Benefit & Fashion Show
      Joan C. Smith
      Sharon Yager 
    • Membership
      Joyce Logan
      Sheri Steele 
    • Newsletter*
      Heather Webb 
    • Nominating
      Amanda Konersmann
    • Patient Support
      Caren Zepeda
    • Patient/Family Support Cart
      Debi Means
      Marilyn Mahoney 
    • Patient Support Blanket Coordinator*
      Jennifer Johnson
      Heather Lothes
      Michelle Pisciotta
    • Patient Support Hospital Holiday Party Coordinator*
      Diane Danks
      Jenny Wood
    • Red Balloon League
      Aliina Plunk 
    • Santa’s Workshop
      Jenna Maynard
    • Santa’s Workshop-Elect*
      Maggie Tarsinos
      Amber Wax 
    • Social Media*
      Lori Antonioli 
    • Special Events
      Nannette Pirek 
    • Sponsor Development
      Lisa Raskin
      Carol Schauer 
    • Staff Appreciation
      Justine Sweeney 
    • Staff Appreciation Basket Coordinator*
      Janie Burke 
    • Staff Appreciation/Holiday Gift Wrap Coordinator*
      Kim Gleason

    *Ex officio, non-voting members of the Board of Directors

  • Lifetime Members

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    Plano Lifetime Members (as of September 2021)

    • Susan Abernethy
    • Lara Ashmore
    • Stephanie Barnes
    • Carrie Benson
    • Jennifer Berry
    • Denise Bickel
    • Rita Bisaca
    • Wendy Blackwell
    • Sandy Brennan
    • Donna Bryant
    • Karla Bryant
    • Lynn Buxton
    • Jean Callison
    • Nora C. Carter
    • Rebecca Egelston Caso
    • Traci Chrisman
    • Phyllis Cole
    • Laura C. Curran
    • Betsy deVenny
    • Allison Doyle
    • Cristina Durovich
    • Jennifer Edgeworth
    • Lucy Edling
    • Wendy Engibous
    • Casey Erdmann
    • Wanda B. Farr
    • Nina Felt
    • Dawn Gall
    • Pamela Grant-Clark
    • Lisa Guerrero
    • Sherie Hammett
    • Holly Hassmann
    • Stephanie Hilburn
    • Diane Hopson
    • Joyce Houlihan
    • Ronelle Ianace
    • Donna Ivy
    • Patricia Johnson
    • Mindy Lefevre
    • Cece Liekar
    • Nicki Loper
    • Marilyn Mahoney
    • Kathy Manack
    • Downie Mathis
    • Becky McKinney
    • Jenni McGaha
    • Debi Means
    • Letty Minkoff
    • Christi W. Mitchell
    • Joa Muns
    • Kimberly Nelon
    • Lisa Norton
    • Mary O'Hanlon
    • Cissy Oldner
    • Belinda Orland
    • Linda Paulk
    • Ashleigh Pogue
    • Nicole Powell
    • Peggy Pratt
    • Marlo Pulliam
    • Kathy Railsback
    • Lisa Raskin
    • Abby Ray
    • Traci Redding
    • Kay Richardson
    • Jan Richey
    • Kathi Rupp
    • Carol P. Schauer
    • Kathy Schell
    • Teresa Sinacola
    • Colleen Smith
    • Joan C. Smith
    • Sheri Steele
    • Jenny Stutler
    • April Tate
    • Kimberly N. Terrazas
    • Tracy Tomson
    • Ruthie Vander Lugt
    • Sherrie Varrichio
    • Lisa Viguet
    • Donna Watkins
    • Beth Webb
    • Lisa Phelan Wellen
    • Nancy B. Welwood
    • Allison Whitfield
    • Pamela Wohlers
    • Sharon Yager
    • Tina Young
  • Hospital Support

    The Women's Auxiliary supports Children's Health in many ways:

    Staff Support

    Throughout the year, teams of Auxiliary members express their appreciation to the staff at Children’s for their commitment to the hospital, our patients and their families. Baskets of treats are provided to show our support and gratitude for their hard work and dedication to those in the greatest of need.

    Patient Support

    At the Plano Campus, the Auxiliary's Patient Support Committee has many ways for volunteers to get involved. Volunteers participate in making fleece blankets for patients, collecting special treats and distributing holiday goodie bags during Halloween and Easter, assisting children with holiday crafts and activities during the annual Tree Lighting event and coordinating a patient family dinner. We help make the patient’s stay (and their family’s) at the hospital as comfortable as possible by delivering complimentary snacks and toiletries via the Patient/Family Support Cart. Drives are conducted throughout the year to collect items for the cart and other patient support programs including:

    • Snacks and toiletries for the Patient/Family Support Cart
    • Fleece fabric for blanket projects
    • Art supplies for the Eating Disorders Clinic
    • Crayons and coloring books
    • Halloween and Easter goodies

    The Patient/Family Support Cart makes a huge impact on thousands of patient families. We are pleased to provide this service and thank American Hotel Registry, GoGo Squeez & Niagara Bottling for their continued support to this complimentary service. If you would like to help, please contact patientsupport.plano@childrensauxiliary.org to get involved.

  • History of Giving

    Since 1962, the Auxiliary has continued its tradition and rich history of service to Children’s Medical Center by raising funds for hospital priorities through annual fundraising events and special projects. Through the incredible generosity and countless volunteer hours of its members and a community of friends and supporters, the Auxiliary has gifted more than $22 million to Children’s.

    The following is a list of gifts made by the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Plano chapters:

    Construction and Renovation

    • 12th Floor Critical Care Unit at Children's Dallas (wePromise Campaign gift)
    • Center of Excellence in Godly Play
    • Children's Garden
    • Children's Medical Center Plano expansion
    • Emergency Department renovation
    • Gift Shop and Admitting area renovations
    • The Heart Center
    • ICU Room in honor of George Farr
    • ICU Room in honor of Linda Harris
    • Krissi Holman Family Resource Library and Children's Collection
    • Neurology EEG room
    • Nourishment Room - Children's Medical Center Plano
    • Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit renovations
    • Renovations to the Psychiatric Unit and Intensive Care Unit waiting rooms
    • School classroom for the patient education program
    • Team Work Station - Children's Medical Center Plano
    • Three operating suites at CHildren's Dallas (Diamond Jubilee Campaign gift)
    • Transfusion service improvements and outpatient phlebotomy lab
    • Transport services communications system improvement
    • Women's Auxiliary Playground expansion


    • Asthma education pilot program
    • Bilingual services initiative education and evaluation
    • Clinical Research
    • Diabetes nurse educator
    • Home health care teaching guides
    • Management and staff development
    • Pathology/lab multimedia computer systems
    • Patient preparation materials
    • Plating distracting module for plastic surgery
    • Sepsis simulation equipment and training software
    • Toughbooks with charging stations


    • Angel Eye Cameras for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    • Audiovisual carts for Pediatric Trauma
    • Beds and cribs
    • C-Arm portable X-ray for Pediatric Trauma
    • Children's Corner Gift Shop Systems Improvement
    • Diagnostic equipment for the Fetal Neonatal Program
    • DVD players and movies
    • External pacemakers for Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
    • ICU televisions and VCRs
    • Infant immobilization chair
    • iPads and customized stands
    • Laerdal SimBaby for Respiratory Care
    • Laerdal SimKid and Glidescope
    • Life-support equipment
    • Monitor and warmers for the Seay Emergency Center
    • Neonatal patient room equipment and crib
    • NOMAD Pro handheld X-ray Systems
    • Orthodontic Scanner
    • Ottobock Kima Strollers
    • Oxygen blenders and ECMO equipment
    • Pagers for ICU families and parent amenity kits
    • Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
    • Playground at Children's Plano
    • Portable defibrillator/oximeter for Children's Transport Service
    • Portable X-ray machine
    • Pro Pac Monitor for Transport Service
    • Rehabilitation and Therapy Services
    • Relay Robot
    • Security safes for patient rooms
    • Sleep-monitoring equipment
    • Stryker cribs for operating rooms and operating room microscopes
    • Surgical robotic arms and cameras
    • Volunteer Management software
    • Wheelchairs for the Seay Emergency Center
    • Wheelchairs for teen population
    • Women's Auxiliary Playground at Children's Medical Center Plano
    • Virtual Reality Equipment for Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
    • Zoll X Series Monitors for Children's Transport Services


    • Arts & Humanities
    • Art Therapy Program
    • Bear Hugs
    • Beads of Courage
    • Bereavement Care
    • Camp Moss
    • Car Seat Safety
    • Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
    • Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders
    • Child Life
    • Child Life - Funnyatricks ProgramTM
    • Children's Centennial History Book
    • Children's Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
    • Children's Health Response Fund
    • Children's Plano 10-Year Carnival Celebration
    • Children's Research Institute
    • Comprehensive Gait and Mobility Program
    • Earn Nose and Throat (ENT) Program
    • Electronics package for patient infusion rooms at CCBD
    • Employee Care Fund
    • Endoscopy Lab/Omegaven Trial
    • Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation (ECMO) Program
    • Food Pantry in Partnership with North Texas Food Bank
    • Foster Care
    • The Heart Center - Neurodevelopmental Program
    • Indigent Care
    • Language Access Services
    • Music Therapy
    • Neonatal parent education
    • Pastoral Care
    • Patient and patient-family snack baskets for infusion rooms at Gill Center
    • Patient Family Support Services
    • Patient education program
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - Child Life Specialist
    • Pediatric Mental Health
    • Pediatric Stroke Project
    • Pet Therapy Program
    • Prenatal Dental Program
    • Recreational Art Program
    • Referral and Evaluation of At-Risk Children (REACH)
    • School-based Telebehavioral Health
    • School-based Telehealth program
    • Seay Emergency Center - Nitrous Oxide Program
    • Senior Nursing Student Day
    • Sensory integration assessment/treatment
    • Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children's Program (SPARC)
    • Summer teen volunteers
    • Teen Recovery Program
    • TeleNICU Services

    Scholarships and Seminars

    • Huvelle Memorial Loan Fund for Residents
    • James Farnsworth Health Careers Scholarship Endowment
    • Kenneth C. Haltalin Pediatric Seminar
    • Pastoral Care Seminar
    • Women's Auxiliary Scholarship Fund