Courtesy Katie O’Brien

The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic held an open house on Thursday, May 9, at 320 Lake Street in Oak Park to unveil it renovated facilities and to initiate a campaign for its Mary Anderson Nursing Fund. The open house was hosted by Mary and Dick Anderson and Peggy and Steve Diamond. Over 140 people attended the open house including Anan Abu-Taleb, Oak Park Village President as well as a number of community leaders and members.

The new facilities included a new nurse’s station and a renovated reception area designed for improved patient care. Clinic staff provided tours of the new and existing facilitates to attendees. The Mary Anderson Nursing Fund and Westlake Health Foundation provided funding for the renovation project.

The open house also included the initiation of a campaign to replenish the Mary Anderson Nursing Fund, which is an endowment fund named in honor of former Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society President (2003-2007) Mary Anderson. The endowment generates income to support the nursing program at the IWS Children’s Clinic.

During the open house, donations were received that met the goal set for matching funds for that evening. “I love being a member of the Infant Welfare Society and am proud of our work at the IWS Children’s Clinic,” stated Mary Anderson. “The new renovation is beautiful and the Open House was a wonderful event. We are proud the event met the goal of the matching funds and encourage people to continue to support the campaign for the Mary Anderson Nursing Fund. This is especially gratifying since when the fund was created over five years ago Angel Harvey and the founders had the foresight to establish this endowment fund to provide long-term support for the clinic’s nursing program.”

The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society has been serving the community since 1916. Dedicated to providing support for children whose families cannot afford the cost of private care, the OPRF IWS operates the IWS Children’s Clinic and provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 3,000 low income children in over 10,000 visits, serving 50 communities in west suburban Cook County and the City of Chicago.

For more information on the Infant Welfare Society or the IWS Children’s Clinic, to join the OPRF Infant Welfare Society or to contribute to the Mary Anderson Nursing Fund, please contact the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society 708-848-0528, email at, or visit the website at

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