Friends of Brenner Children's Hospital

Friends of Brenner Annual Luncheon

Friends of Brenner 2018 Annual Luncheon chairs Katie Woltz and Missy Butler

Each year, the group’s annual luncheon brings together past, present and new Friends of Brenner to celebrate another year of Friendship and shine a light on a special area of Brenner Children’s.

At this year’s event, on Oct. 24, the group shared plans for the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and how the Friends can help ensure a big future for our smallest patients.

Speakers included luncheon co-chairs Missy Butler and Katie Woltz, Friends members and mothers of children who spent time in the NICU, and Christine Bishop, MD, assistant professor of neonatology at Brenner Children’s.



31 Days and 31 Ways for Brenner Children’s

Friends members were among those who supported a special month-long effort, 31 Days and 31 Ways for Brenner Children’s in October.

Local businesses, boutiques, restaurants and organizations held fundraisers throughout the month in honor of the patients and families at Brenner Children’s.

While the effort primarily supported the campaign for a new NICU, organizers of each fundraising event had the option of choosing areas within Brenner Children’s to support. In addition to raising funds, the event raised community awareness about the patients, families and staff at the region’s only children’s hospital.


Deck the Halls

Each year, Deck the Halls’ mission is to bring joy, smiles and hope to those patients and families who are spending their holidays at Brenner Children’s.

Friends members decorate trees, each with a different theme, for children of all ages to enjoy. Friends members also ask local community organizations to support the event by decorating a themed tree, and Friends place them throughout Brenner Children’s.


Pastry chef Jordan Pilarski demonstrates gingerbread house decorating at Cheers! 2018Cheers! to Brenner Children’s

Cheers! is an annual fundraising event that features gourmet cuisine from Winston-Salem’s finest restaurants and caterers, along with wine and craft beers. Since 2005, the event has raised more than $1 million for Brenner Children’s.

Funds raised at this year’s Cheers!, held Nov. 16 at The Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, were designated to support the campaign to build a new NICU.