Donor Recognition

La Rabida Children's Hospital, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, appreciates every single donor, regardless of their donation amount. We also recognize those whose gifts make an extraordinary difference in the life of a child and the operations of the hospital. Read more about corporate giving.

Northstar Lottery Gives Gift of Technology
The Northstar Lottery visited the Child Life Pavilion to install the group’s generous donation of computer equipment, software and furniture to our young students. Avis LaVelle, the company’s vice president of corporate affairs, led the Northstar entourage. “La Rabida is a very special place,” she said. “We are glad to help.” The private manager of the Illinois Lottery, Northstar has since 2011 served schools (through its After School Advantage program), community centers, veterans and others in need of access to the latest technology. Our patients will use the equipment and software to keep up in school while hospitalized. La Rabida is honored to be the first pediatric hospital the group has served. Thanks so much, Northstar!

Magellan Promotes Hospital and Cubs Charities on Michigan Avenue
To commemorate Wrigley Field's 100th birthday and the many historical moments that have taken place at the park over the last century, Cubs Charities partnered with 47 Chicago-based nonprofits, celebrities and artists to decorate 50 pairs of custom-made ballpark seats.

La Rabida was offered this wonderful opportunity through our longtime supporters at Magellan Corp. The hospital’s seats, custom designed by our own Debra Opitz, honored Cubs pitcher Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins, whose number was retired by the Cubs in 2009.

Many thanks to the White Sox and the McCormick Foundation for this wonderful opportunity!


White Sox Hit it Out of the Park for Burn Victim
Eight-year-old Adorien, who is recuperating after burns from a house fire, was recently dazzled by a surprise gift in his hospital room.

Among bubble-wrapped White Sox paraphernalia was Adorien’s very own replica “championship” ring.

“I want to show my mom!” Adorien exclaimed as he gestured toward the bench where his iPad was charging nearby.

The ring was a special gift delivered by Christine O’Reilly, senior director of community relations for the Chicago White Sox, who had toured the hospital the day before, talking with providers, staff and patients.

A special education major in college, O’Reilly expressed a deep appreciation of the services La Rabida provides to children with special health care needs. “This place is a beacon of hope,” said O’Reilly, also the executive director of longtime La Rabida supporter Chicago White Sox Charities.

O’Reilly’s diamond-encrusted 2005 White Sox World Championship ring drew big smiles and one innocent question: “Can I have it?” 

The “bling ring” replica arrived the next day packed in with a Sox shirt, cap, bobble head doll, Southpaw mascot stuffed animal, and a membership to the White Sox Kid’s Club.

The second grader promptly used Face Time to show his new goodies to his mom. “I’ll give the bobble head to my brother,” he begrudgingly said while putting the miniature baseball bat in the small player’s hand. “I broke his.”

The month before, the Rolling Meadows Firefighters Local 3075 gave Adorien the iPad to keep in touch with family and friends. They had rescued him from the fire this spring.

“You are a lucky boy,’’ said Tiffany Fentry to her son. “I can’t wait to see it in person.”

Magellan Promotes Hospital at U.S. Cellular Field
Magellan Corporation, an international global steel distributer, has generously included La Rabida among the organizations promoted through Magellan’s new role as official sponsor of the Chicago White Sox premium Scout Seat Section and Scout Seat Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field. La Rabida Trustee and Magellan President Bob Arthur made this opportunity possible for several of the charitable organizations he supports.

The La Rabida presence there includes two prominent murals: the first highlights core areas of expertise including support for technology dependent children, rehabilitation services and diabetes management.

The second panel includes the hospital logo and mission statement. The promotional package also includes a Scout Seat field sign behind home plate that displays the
La Rabida logo.

Additionally, La Rabida and the other featured charities each created content for a 3D display case. The display will be rotated among the charities in the Magellan Scout Seat Lounge throughout the White Sox season.

The La Rabida exhibit, which was chosen to kick off the season in April, included a model of the hospital and showcased key areas of expertise at La Rabida, as well as a timeline of the hospital’s rich 117-year history.

CVS Caremark Gift Helps Fund Critically Needed Lung Function Machine
Through the generous support of CVS Caremark, La Rabida Children’s Hospital was recently able to purchase a new machine that helps Respiratory Care Therapists measure a patient’s lung capacity. La Nae, age 10, is seated in the HDpft (High Definition Pulmonary Function Test) 4000, which was funded in part through a gift from CVS. This state-of-the-art machine provides “lung volume and airways resistance results in less than 60 seconds,” according to nSpire, the manufacturer. “The HDpft is much more accurate than older machines and provides real-time information,” said Linda Robinson, RT, manager of Respiratory Care. “We truly appreciate the generosity of corporate donors such as CVS.”