At its annual meeting today, the Child Health Association of Sewickley presented Laughlin with a check for $10,000!
On behalf of our governing boards, staff, client families, I’d like to thank Child Health for partnering with Laughlin on this year’s ball, and for this generous gift which we’ll use for our financial aid program. Because our two organizations share a common interest—the health and wellbeing of children—we are a good fit for one another. Like Child Health, Laughlin has a long and proud history of helping families from Sewickley and the surrounding areas. Today’s center grew out of two older organizations: the Fresh Air Home, and the Child Counseling Center, both of which had close ties with Child Health.
In fact, one of Laughlin’s founding board members, Virginia Nix, was also a Child Health member. As you may know, in 1950, she received a $600 grant from Child Health to fund research by a nationally-known family and child therapist. Using the results of that research, Mrs. Nix’s founded the Child Counseling Center in 1951. She led that organization as president of the board, and her tireless work helping children, especially those who struggled with learning, eventually captured the attention of Dr. Benjamin Spock. In 1956, with encouragement from Dr. Spock, the Fresh Air Home and Child Counseling merged, becoming Laughlin Children’s Center. So, in a very real way, Child Health has been helping Laughlin fulfill its destiny from the very beginning.