special people

Friends of the children

Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation (ECAF) honors special people that go above and beyond to support the mission of ECAF. We appreciate and honor their service!

“ECAF is a valued organization that brings much needed support to families that are in need”
Tim R.

Elmhurst, IL

What is a friend of the children?

  • Impact and advocacy: The honoree should have made a substantial impact in improving the lives of children with debilitating illnesses. This could include raising awareness, spearheading fundraising efforts, or advocating for better resources and support.
  • Philanthropic efforts: The honoree should have a strong track record of philanthropy and actively supporting initiatives related to children with debilitating illnesses. This could involve donating time, resources, or funds to various organizations or projects dedicated to helping these children.
  • Leadership and innovation: Recognizing individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and innovative approaches in addressing the challenges faced by children with debilitating illnesses is crucial. This could involve creating or supporting innovative programs, research initiatives, or policy changes that positively impact the lives of these children.
  • Collaboration and partnerships: The honoree should have a history of collaborating with different stakeholders, such as medical professionals, researchers, nonprofits, and government agencies, to advance the cause of supporting children with debilitating illnesses. Building partnerships and working together to achieve common goals is a valuable qualification.
  • Long-term commitment: Consider individuals who have demonstrated a sustained dedication to the cause over an extended period. Their long-term involvement and consistent efforts in supporting children with debilitating illnesses show a genuine commitment that deserves recognition.
  • Inspirational role model: The honoree should serve as an inspiration to others, both within and beyond the charity’s community. Their personal journey, resilience, and positive impact should motivate and encourage others to get involved and make a difference in the lives of children with debilitating illnesses.
  • Community engagement: Look for honorees who actively engage with the community, fostering a sense of unity and support. Their involvement could include organizing events, mentoring families, or providing emotional support to children and their caregivers.
  • Testimonials and endorsements: Seek endorsements from individuals, families, or organizations that have directly benefited from the honoree’s efforts. Their testimonials can provide powerful evidence of the impact made by the individual and reinforce their qualifications for the honor.

Friends Of The Children

Welcome to Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation. These individuals who have gone above and beyond to help our families in need.

Kristin Morrow & Dawn Wheatland


Dena Seidenfuss


Tony Gambino


No Recipient due to Covid


Mike Calcagno


Mike La Spisa


Joe Schamberger


Stephan Rhea


Jack Island


Susie Sands


Sister Thomas Leo Monahan


Dan Cronin


Blanch Hill


Tom Marcucci


Guy Maniscalo


Kurt Schiele


Pete DiCianni


Bill Annicella


Doug Peterson


Rich Rosenberg


Larry Roesch


William Gooch


John Jevitz


Rick Bieterman


Joe Newton


Helping those in need

By contributing to the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation, you have the opportunity to directly impact families in our community who are facing the challenges of medical or disabling conditions in their children. Your support provides vital financial assistance to these families, alleviating the heavy burden of unpaid medical bills and helping them navigate through emotionally challenging times. By joining hands with us, you become a crucial part of a compassionate network that is making a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most, fostering a stronger and more resilient community for all.

Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.