Changing Lives for 50 Years

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On January 26, Penfield Children’s Center kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration. More than 30,000 children have been served by Penfield staff during the agency’s half a century of care and many prominent individuals from the agency’s past and present were on-hand for our celebration.

Founding board member, Barbara Elsner, was joined by fellow founding trustees Betty Bostrom, Marilyn Bradley, Martie Watts and Bill Eastham, husband of one of our late founding directors, Jane Eastham.

Milwaukee County Executive, Chris Abele, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Director of Nursing, Tiffany Barta, on behalf of Mayor Barrett, made county and city proclamations acknowledging the impact Penfield Children’s Center has had in the lives of Milwaukee families.

Additionally, Bill Chester, husband of our late founding director Priscilla Penfield Chester (daughter of our namesake Dr. Wilder Penfield), his niece, Mary Read, and many current trustees and long-time supporters were on-hand to begin Penfield’s golden anniversary celebration.

In celebration of 50 years, we will be hosting special events throughout 2017 and sharing stories of our supporters, children and founders at PenfieldChildren.org.