The IWS 100th Anniversary Community and Business Leaders Luncheon is Mar. 9th

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OAK PARK, ILLINOIS  —  The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society (OPRF IWS) is pleased to announce that Deputy U.S. Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., will be the distinguished speaker at the OPRF IWS 100th Anniversary Community and Business Leaders Luncheon. 

"It is an honor to have Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams as our speaker at the March 9 event as we celebrate our 100thanniversary. Her participation spotlights the importance of public health coordination and leadership in the areas of prevention, wellness and health promotion activities, all of which are embodied in the OPRF  IWS mission of providing children with access to quality medical, dental and behavioral health care," stated Lynne Williams, OPRF IWS president. 

The Community and Business Leaders Luncheonheld to recognize and celebrate the support of the business community for the OPRF IWS over the past 100 years, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Dominican University Brennan School of Business's Parmer Hall in River Forest, Illinois. Reservations are required by March 1 at Tickets are $75 with tables of 6, 8 and 10 available. 

Mary Anderson, 100th anniversary chair, commented, "As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we want to recognize loyal support of our business and community leaders. Most of the children we serve are from families with incomes below 200% of poverty level, and with the help of our community partners we are able to care for more than 3,300 children every year."   

"As we celebrate our past, we are also looking toward the future," said Peggy Diamond, 100th anniversary chair. "The number of Illinois families living in poverty is increasing. We want to make sure there is a safety net for families that need our support."

Community and business leaders from surrounding communities have joined together in support of the 100th anniversary of OPRF IWS. Members of the 100th Anniversary Community and Business Leaders Luncheon Advisory Board include Bruce Elegant, president and CEO, Rush Oak Park Hospital; Anan Abu-Taleb, mayor, village of Oak Park; Catherine Adduci, president, village of River Forest; Anthony Calderone, mayor, village of Forest Park; Roberto Curci, dean, Dominican University Brennan School of Business; Kim Goldschmidt, financial advisor, AXA Advisors; Susie Goldschmidt, vice president, MB Financial Bank, River Forest; Sheryl Grant, principal, Deloitte and Touche, Chicago; Patrick Maloney, CEO, West Suburban and West Lake Hospitals, Oak Park and Maywood; Ruth McLaren, senior vice president, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest; Donald Offermann, senior vice president, Forest Park National Bank; Ade Onayemi, president, Urban Resource Inc., Oak Park; Edwenna Perkins, mayor, Maywood; William Planek, president, Greenplan Management, Oak Park; Lori Price, president, Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park; Angelo Saviano, mayor, Elmwood Park; and Mary Jo Schuler, founder, Good Heart/Work Smart Foundation.  

As the featured luncheon speaker, Trent-Adams will address the many health and social challenges children — particularly low-income children — are facing. Additionally, she will speak about how a community can come together to create a healthy environment in which children can grow up.

Trent-Adams was named Deputy Surgeon General of the United States in May 2015. According to the Office of the Surgeon General website, she "advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She has served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS since November 2013. In this role, she advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals."

She has held various positions in HHS, where she began her career in 1992. She has worked to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities, and she had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations at home and abroad. (

"It is going to be a wonderful event. Please join us as we celebrate with leaders from our neighboring communities the success of OPRF IWS in positively impacting the lives of children for over 100 years," commented Sharon Flint, M.D., and Kathy Haney, committee chairs. Planning committee members also include Suzanne Holmes, Michele Moore, Cam Niederman, Peggy Vogt and Debbie Wholey.

For more information, please contact the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society at (708)


In 1916, a group of women from the Oak Park River Forest community banded together to help stop a local crisis. Infants, particularly newborns, were getting seriously ill from drinking contaminated milk. The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society began in an effort to provide these babies and their mothers with clean, healthy milk. In the century since, the OPRF IWS has grown into a renowned organization that provides quality health care for children from birth to age 18.


The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society is a diverse member-driven organization committed to the health and well-being of children. Through its Children's Clinic, the OPRF IWS provides the highest quality medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 3,300 children every year. The society unites dedicated members and volunteers, a highly competent professional staff, generous donors, engaged partners and enlightened communities behind the shared belief that sustaining our children's health is a critical investment in the future.  For more information, please contact the OPRF IWS at (708) or

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