The Woman's Board of Cook Children's
The mission of the Woman’s Board is to support Cook Children’s through volunteerism and fundraising endeavors.
The Woman's Board of Cook Children's began as a volunteer organization in 1918 with a mission to help support the needs of the medical center. For more than 94 years, the Woman's Board has raised funds to enhance the medical center's child-friendly environment. Their generosity has helped Cook Children's purchase critical medical equipment, such as an ambulance, a van to transport homeless children to the neighborhood clinics, a playground and a prayer garden, as well as other identified needs.
Proceeds from Cards for Kids and the Enchanted Castle Gift Shop have totaled well over $1 million and many of the Woman's Board members volunteer in both programs in addition to patient care areas.
Since 1965, Cards for Kids has been providing funds to enhance the lives of the patients and families that pass through the doors of Cook Children’s. Each card is designed by Cook Children's patients or area kids volunteering to help in our community outreach program. Many of the artists are chronically ill patients, sharing their talents for the benefit of all of our children. What a caring gift these creative children provide!
Through the generosity of YOU, our patrons, Cards for Kids has provided funding for several projects at Cook Children’s, including a school room, an interactive playscape in the emergency department, a prayer garden and labyrinth, stained glass windows and needlepoint cushions in the chapel and a rock climbing wall in the rehabilitation unit. Also, numerous scholarships for patients to attend summer camp with the medical personnel and equipment each child requires.
One hundred percent of the funds raised through the sale of these special cards go directly to the Cook Children’s. Thanks to the benevolence of our corporate underwriters and sponsors, all production costs associated with the cards are financed through their gifts.
Thank you for your care and support of our children through your purchase of Cards for Kids. The Woman’s Board, Cook Children’s and the children we serve are truly grateful!
Cook Children’s is one of the country’s leading integrated pediatric health care delivery systems. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the nonprofit organization includes a nationally recognized Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health Company, Health Plan, Health Foundation, and Health Care System. Cook Children’s promise is to improve the health of every child in its region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease, and injury. The 428-bed hospital is one of the largest in the nation and includes a 120-bed, private-room layout NICU. Cook Children’s supports five Neighborhood Clinics that provide a “medical home” to our community’s under served children. Cook Children’s also includes more than 35 pediatric medical offices and specialty clinics throughout Texas.
Cook Children’s Creative Artist in Residence Program (CARPE') which began in 2006, was established to give patients the creative freedom to explore who they are through the arts. Our mission is to develop connections between the creative arts and the healing arts that will improve the overall physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of our patients and families. The goal is to have artists work directly with patients and teach them how to paint, dance, write, play music, sculpt, act and so on. The art becomes a means of expression for the patients and their families to better deal with the anxieties of illness and the hospital environment.
Cook Children’s Creative Arts Program Coordinator, Carri Ann Wantuchowicz, has been with Cook Children’s for five years. Carri Ann’s education is in Art History and Psychology and her work experience features a background in Public Relations and Marketing. After spending ten years promoting art and art education at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Carri Ann decided to turn towards healthcare. Carri Ann’s work at Cook Children’s Medical Center has focused on promoting Family Centered Care and empowering families so they can take full advantage of all the services and amenities Cook Children’s has to offer. “The best part of my job is meeting talented kids and encouraging them to develop different aspects of themselves. Our program aims to improve our families’ experiences while being treated at Cook as well as enrich the rest of their lives.”
From the heART
From the heART was created to support Cook Children’s Creative Artist in Residence Program. From the heART showcases select pieces of patient and sibling art in the form of unique keepsake items. Proceeds from the sale of this special merchandise support CARPE.
For more information, visit http://www.cookchildrens.org