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Named for our founder, The Mary Irwin Laughlin Society recognizes friends who have named The Children's Institute as the beneficiary of a planned gift. If you have included or would like to include The Children's Institute in your estate plans, please contact Jill Murchak.

The 2013 Luncheon

October 23, 2013 marked the third annual luncheon of the Mary Irwin Laughlin Society, which recognizes legacy donors to The Children's Institute. Half of the 40 guests were new to this event.

Board member Lanny MacDougall, great nephew of Mary Irwin Laughlin, stated in his opening remarks, "Our donations, both current and from our estates, ensure that years after we are gone, The Children's Institute will continue to brighten the lives of children with special needs." David Miles, President and CEO, also emphasized the impact of charitable giving and provided an overview of our strategic initiatives. Jessica Urbanik provided a parent perspective by sharing the touching story of her identical twin sons who have achieved remarkable progress in the five years they have been receiving treatment in our neurodevelopmental clinic.

We appreciate the generous legacy support of the members of The Mary Irwin Laughlin Society.

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David Miles, President & CEO, speaks at the 2012 Mary Irwin Laughlin Society Luncheon


Since its founding in 1902 The Children's Institute has served children with special needs. The Mary Irwin Laughlin Society recognizes friends who have included The Children's Institute in their estate plans.

An Invitation to Join the Mary Irwin Laughlin Society

Members of the Mary Irwin Laughlin Society have expressed their commitment to The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh through a very special and important form of financial support.

These donors have named The Children's Institute as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, appreciated securities, gifts of real estate, gifts of life insurance and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts.

Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Mary Irwin Laughlin Society.

Membership Benefits

Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.

Benefits of membership in the Mary Irwin Laughlin Society also include annual luncheons, invitations to special events and seminars and a subscription to our newsletter.

The most important benefit you will receive from joining the Mary Irwin Laughlin Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success.

Current Mary Irwin Laughlin Society Members

Since it's founding in 1902 The Children's Institute has served children with special needs. The Mary Irwin Laughlin Society recognizes friends who have made a commitment to The Children's Institute through a deferred gift.

Mary Irwin Laughlin Society Members

Joseph S. Azar, DDS
Elaine H. Berkowitz, DMD*
Tom & Linda Boyle
Paulette P. Cantwell
Louis & Ann Cutter*
Charles Fischer*
Mildred M. Gerson*
Kenneth & Lillian Goldsmith*
J. Randolph Hiller*
John & Angela Johnston*
Joan M. Kaplan*
Eugene & Ruth Ann Klein
Nancy L. Koss*
Allan & Anne MacDougall III*
John H. Murphy
Michael & Rose Panczenko
Helen C. Paytok
William & Dorothy Plank*
Gerda Reyersbach
John & Patricia Simmons*
Roland A. Watt*
John R. Whitaker*
Sidney & Thekla Wolfson Jr.*

*Charter Member


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