Lurie Children's Champions

Every day at Lurie Children’s, we work tirelessly to ensure that every child has the promise of a cure, the promise of a safer space and the promise of a healthier future. But we don’t do this work alone. Lurie Children’s Champions are a dedicated group of donors who ensure that we have the annual support we need to deliver on these promises. Through this investment, we are able to improve the health and well-being of our children, both at the hospital and in local communities.

Donors who give $1,000 or more cumulatively in a fiscal year, September 1 – August 31, receive the following benefits:

$1,000 - $4,999

  • Impact updates on your philanthropy

$5,000 - $9,999

  • All previous benefits
  • Personalized hospital tour

$10,000 - $24,999

  • All previous benefits
  • Event Invitations: Annual Meeting, Investitures
  • Select volunteer opportunities


  • All previous benefits
  • Personalized impact update on your philanthropy
  • Opportunity to meet with caregivers and leadership (by request)
  • Select naming opportunities

Become a Lurie Children’s Champion by making a gift today in support of our patients and families.

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Champion Spotlights

Sally Eggleston

Sally and her family had a connection to Lurie Children’s even before any of her family members were patients. Her daughter-in-law was a hospital employee, and they took a tour of the new hospital in Streeterville before it opened to the public in 2012. Sally never dreamed that she and her family would one day be back seeking a heart transplant for her grandson Austin. Austin was born with a serious heart condition and underwent his first major surgery only days after birth. Now at age 17, two years after receiving his new heart, Austin is thriving. Sally and her husband, Daniel, support Lurie Children’s because during their many hospital visits they had a first-hand encounter with the patient experience. In Sally’s words, “the knowledge and caring of staff—all staff—is second to none, and compassion for family is evident. You see how many children are in need of expert medical help, and, in our eyes, you need not look further than Lurie Children’s for the help needed.” As Austin recovered, Sally and Daniel wanted not only to show their appreciation for his expert and wonderful care but also to ensure that other families can receive the care their kids need. The couple continues to give generously each month to support the Heart Center. Champions, like the Egglestons, ensure that all children have the promise of a healthier future.

Jamie Pasquale, PhD

Jamie and her husband, Marc, first learned about research at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute when they attended the Children’s Ball, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Children’s Research Fund. Jamie was immediately impressed by the breadth of research and joined the Children’s Research Fund the following year. During the 13 years since, Jamie has held various roles on Children’s Research Fund committees. The importance of philanthropy and volunteerism is something Jamie has instilled in her kids. She volunteers at the hospital and Ronald McDonald House with her 17-year-old daughter Sophia and 15-year-old son Nico. Sophia has also raised funds for the hospital by making and selling tie-dye garments. In Jamie’s words, “our city is blessed to have Lurie Children’s as an asset to the community and for families who travel from all over the world. I support researchers, trials and programming that improve the lives of children today, knowing that this investment will lead to transformative discoveries benefitting future generations. Supporting medical research is one way in which we ‘pay it forward,’ as did those generous contributors who came before us, richly benefitting our health and lives.”

Champions Events

Chair’s Luncheon

Invitations to Chair’s Luncheons are a benefit to Lurie Children’s Champions who give $10,000 or more in a fiscal year. Chair’s Luncheon is a quarterly event featuring a selected topic of interest presented by Lurie Children’s leaders and caregivers in that area. These intimate behind-the-scenes events give participants the opportunity to engage in breakout discussions with caregivers—facilitating learning and conversation among Lurie Children’s most committed supporters. Due to restrictions around COVID-19, Chair’s Luncheons are being held virtually until further notice.

In the past year, Chair’s Luncheons have featured speakers from Neurosurgery, the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities and Telehealth.

To learn more about Chair’s Luncheons or to join us at an upcoming event, contact Lauren Priebe at

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lurie Children’s Champion! We appreciate your generosity. You can become a Champion by making your gift today.


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