Supporting Children

The Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary recently received the prestigious Thomas F. Carter Leadership Award, which recognizes extraordinary volunteer leaders and philanthropists that are dedicated to the patients and families at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The award was bestowed to the Rady family in 2015 and originally given to Thomas Carter himself in 2000 for his exceptional leadership.
“Rady Children’s Auxiliary is proud and honored to receive the Thomas Carter Award,” said Auxiliary President Mary Reynolds. “The Auxiliary’s mission is to advocate for, educate about, and fundraise for

Rady Children’s Hospital. We have fulfilled that mission for 64 years, raising $70 million and touching every corner of the hospital. To be recognized for that achievement is extremely gratifying.” The Auxiliary was established in 1953 as a way to promote the welfare of Rady Children’s Hospital. The group has not strayed from its original statement of purpose since then. The organization now consists of 23 units that span throughout San Diego and Riverside counties.

In addition to supporting Rady Children’s programs and services, the Auxiliary has pledged to raise $2.5 million to establish the Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience at the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine. The endowment will help improve patient care by providing clinical genetics, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, clinical trials, and cutting-edge research for children with neurological diseases and disorders. For more information or to contribute to the endowment fund visit