Friends of Akron Children's Hospital

Established in 1955, The Friends of Akron Children's Hospital is an auxiliary organization that encourages women to become involved in the community and volunteer their time to Akron Children's.

The purpose of the Friends is to advance the welfare of Akron Children's through service to the hospital. The Friends are involved in a number of fundraising projects to support the hospital and our patient families.

Pinkie the Puppet

The Friends of Akron Children's Hospital created "Pinkie the Puppet" in 1956. This program ensures that patients 12 years and younger receive a hand puppet upon their admission to the hospital. The puppets are meant to ease their fears and provide entertainment during their stay.

The Pinkie the Puppet Fund pays for expenses associated with making the toy.

The Annual Harness Race Rally

The Friends initiated the Harness Race Rally in 1962, and it remains their largest annual fundraising event. The proceeds are used to assist Akron Children's Hospital with the cost of medical equipment and research.

Other Activities

Many Friends do in-service volunteer duties and participate in other functions such as the Holiday Tree Festival. The Friends also sponsor an annual Jewelry Sale at the hospital.

The Friends hold four general meetings a year: a spring and fall luncheon, a December Holiday event to which each member brings a gift for a patient in the hospital, and a luncheon in February. Officers are elected at the December luncheon.

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