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Junior Board of ChristianaCare

In 1888, women in the local community raised $10,000 to build and equip Wilmington’s first hospital. Thus began the tradition of the Junior Board, the vibrant, independent organization that provides financial and volunteer support to advance the mission of ChristianaCare.

The Junior Board of ChristianaCare is a not-for-profit corporation with its own board and volunteer membership. Guided by a commitment to community service and support of the health system, its members give of their time and talents, raising money by reaching out into the community and by operating the gift shops in both hospitals. They also hold the annual JB Cause Fundraiser, which provides support for a variety of services and programs within ChristianaCare. And they support ChristianaCare initiatives  that drive outcomes-focused, patient-centered care for our region.

Celebrating the Junior Board’s 130th Anniversary!

Junior Board members log thousands of hours by volunteering at both hospital campuses and participating in fundraising activities. They can be seen in their distinctive pink jackets at the Information Desk, Surgical Waiting Lounge, and Maternity Department at Christiana Hospital. They also serve at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. At the Wilmington Hospital, Junior Board volunteers work as Greeters at the entrance to the hospital as well as in the Emergency Department and the Surgical Waiting Room. Volunteers also staff the hospital gift shops. To provide cheer and comfort to patients and their families, the Junior Board provides floral arrangements in the hospital chapels and delivers poinsettias on Christmas Eve to hospitalized patients.


Junior Board Officers

Junior Board officers are elected each April by the members. Most officers serve a two-year term.

Lois Capone
Tina Furman
1st Vice-President Ways and Means
Georgia Brereton
2nd Vice-President Hospital Services
Diane Thomas
3rd Vice-President, External Affairs
Judy Legge

JoAnn Vahey

Recording Secretary
Administrative Secretary
Connie Euston

Claudine Richardson


Assistant Treasurer

Ellen Schonbach
Membership Chair
Angela Case and Chris Frysztacki
Lois CaponePresident Elect
Kaye CrouchPast President

Junior Board Contributions

The Junior Board of ChristianaCare Inc. has consistently been a source of funding, generously donating millions of dollars to help ChristianaCare provide the best possible care to its patients. Over the course of its history, the Junior Board has donated more than $13 million. Here are some of the major initiatives funded by the Junior Board:

Nursing and allied-health scholarships$2.8 million
Wilmington Hospital transformation$1.0 million
Cancer Resource Library$700,000
Cardiac catheterization laboratory equipment$550,000
Waiting rooms$537,000
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Unit$537,000
Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit (NICU)$400,000
Employee fitness centers$370,000
Robert J. Laskowski, M.D. Lectureship$300,000
Human patient simulators for medical education$240,000
Balance and Mobility Center$235,000
Video-conferencing equipment$225,000
R2 checkers for mammograms$215,000
Fire truck and pink courtesy shuttles$176,000
Patient-tracking system for perioperative services$100,000
IMRT software for Department of Radiology$37,500
Premature infants retina screening device$59,500

Does the Call to Serve Speak to You?

ChristianaCare’s ability to reach out to so many people in the extended community is, in great part, thanks to the Junior Board members not only committed to, but driven by the quest to raise money, serve this health system and help us care for our neighbors. Please, consider joining or supporting us. Together, we can do so much more for the health of our community.

Providing support for a variety of services and programs within ChristianaCare.

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