Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

About the Auxiliary

What is the Auxiliary?

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary has been supporting Rady Children's since 1953 -- one full year before the Hospital opened its doors. On June 10, 1953, Mrs. Mabel Jessop called to order the meeting of a very ambitious group of ladies and pledged to serve the community and publicly promote the welfare of children through service to the Hospital’s governing board.

In its first year, membership grew from five to 500 as Auxilians searched for innovative and inclusive ways to serve the Hospital. Today more than 1,200 volunteers participate, including working professionals and homemakers, parents and grandparents. Together they work as educators, advocates and philanthropists, and to date they have raised more than $73 million for Rady Children’s.

Through the years, the Auxiliary has pledged millions of dollars to large scale projects such as the construction of the Rose Pavilion and the Acute Care Pavilion, as well as the renovation of the Bernardy Center. On an annual basis, fundraising dollars are spread across many departments, helping the hospital purchase cutting-edge equipment, provide care for patients with little or no insurance, train staff members, conduct ground-breaking research, and more.

Our mission is simple: to work in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and support its mission through advocating for the health and well-being of children, increasing community awareness of the hospital, and fundraising. The goals of the Auxiliary are achieved through camaraderie, collaboration, and fun. Members believe that knowledge, productivity, and community engagement are essential tools that help them succeed when working for the greater good.

While Auxiliary events and membership opportunities have evolved since 1953, the goal has remained constant. By providing Rady Children’s the tools necessary to ensure the highest level of care for children in our community, Auxilians enrich the lives of patients, their families and the greater San Diego area each and every day.