Friends of Brenner Children’s began in 1987 by a group of interested volunteers with a passion for children’s health and dedicated to promoting Brenner to the community. For more than 34 years, the mission of the Friends is to support the patients at Brenner Children’s through fundraising, advocacy and awareness. 

Friends of Brenner Children's


Friends of Brenner members serve as ambassadors and work closely with Brenner Children’s to:  

  • Increase community awareness of Brenner  
  • Raise funds to support the programs and services at Brenner 
  • Increase and engage the membership of Friends of Brenner  

Today, with more than 600 members, Friends volunteers assist with Cheers! to Brenner Children’s, our signature event to benefit Brenner Children’s, the annual Friends of Brenner Luncheon, community donation drives for food, toiletries and other patient needs within the children’s hospital and so much more. 

Friends of Brenner invite you to become a member today by returning this form along with your membership fee of only $30 per person. Your time, talents and gifts are greatly needed to assist the Friends in their mission to help the patients and their families at Brenner Children’s. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an important role in the success of our fundraisers. Brenner Children's hosts fundraising events throughout the year and is always looking for dedicated volunteers to donate their time and energy to our cause. Our fundraising event and examples of volunteer opportunities are:     

  • Cheers! to Brenner Children's is the signature event that raises funds for patients and their families at Brenner Children’s.  
  • Community Outreach: Participate in a future Friends of Brenner Toiletry & Food Drive or help support other needs for our Brenner patients and families.  

For additional information about volunteering at a Brenner fundraising event, please contact the Office of Philanthropy by filling out the request form.

If you would like to volunteer in another area of the medical center, please contact Volunteer Services

Friends of Brenner Virtual DIY Social

Thank you to our chairs, Gaines and Dixon Douglas and Ryan and Ben Johnson for chairing this year’s Friends of Brenner DIY Virtual Social. They did a wonderful job planning an event during the midst of a pandemic and raising $18,000 for Brenner Children's! 

Board of Directors (2021)

Catherine Hornaday

Friends of Brenner Committees

  • Annual Luncheon
  • Because We Care Service
  • Cheers! to Brenner Children's
  • Community Outreach
  • Meetings/Membership
  • Nominating (Virginia Sutton)
  • Nursing Appreciation

Ex-Officio Board Advisors
Lynn Eisenberg
Jennifer Grosswald
Denise Hickman
Shelley Holden
Sara Hollan
Ellen Parsley
Stacy Petronzio

Nurse Liaison 
Angel Mitchell