The group’s work can be seen in children’s hospitals and pediatric, neonatal and intensive care units around the state and has touched tens of thousands of lives.
Baltimore-based Kappa Guild, which gives approximately $10,000 a year to various children’s health causes, kicks off its 65th anniversary year with a fashion show fundraiser on Oct. 29.
“I joined, and I became very passionate,” said Pikesville resident Miriam Stern, the group’s vice president and a member for 37 years. “When we receive letters from the kids from camperships and we see what we do … we have visited Sinai, we have visited Mercy over the past summer, and [we have] seen what our donations have brought to those two pediatric units. It just warms your heart.”
Sheila Mentz, the group’s president, said, “Those things are what makes me keep going and to keep the Guild going.”
Rather than giving donations, the organization of about 60 women reimburses hospitals after they buy items on their wish lists. It also offers camp scholarships for children with Crohn’s and colitis, diabetes and vision impairments. In addition to Sinai Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, the group has contributed to the Children’s Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, among others.
“It makes you feel like you are contributing to something that has definitely made a difference in the community,” said Stern.
Added Mentz, “We see where the money is going.”
Kappa Guild’s fashion show is set for Oct. 29 at the Zamoiski Auditorium at Sinai Hospital at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $30 and includes lunch. Contact Sheila Mentz at 410-484-8215 or Miriam Stern at 410-602-0175.