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Mission Statement and History

Brenner Children's at Wake Forest Baptist Health is a "hospital within a hospital," dedicated to excellence in patient care, education and research focused on the special needs of children.

The Friends of Brenner Children's is a group of dedicated volunteers who support the hospital through fundraising and community awareness activities. In 1987, a steering committee of eight interested people was developed to initiate the introduction of Brenner Children's to the community and to set up the Friends  organization. The mission of the Friends of Brenner Children’s is to enhance the situation of patients at Brenner Children's by fundraising and public awareness.

Friends of Brenner Children's have three objectives.
        1. To increase community awareness of Brenner.
        2. To raise funds to supplement the programs of Brenner.
        3. To increase and broaden the membership in the Friends.

Through a generous gift from the Brenner family in 1986, the long-awaited dream of a children's hospital to serve our region became a reality. Between July 1989 and April 1990, Brenner Children's moved its facilities to a three-floor unit in the North Tower.  In April 2002, the Brenner Children’s celebrated the grand opening of Ardmore Tower West. The facility consists of 160 private rooms, six playrooms, an interactive video wall and a rooftop garden with playground equipment.

By 1988, the Friends formed its first board, and many fundraisers were under way, including the Antiques Show and Sale, the WGHPiedmont 8 Holiday Special, Festival of Trees and the Christmas Tag Sale.

Friends now has more than 600 members and organizes events such as the Cheers! to Brenner Children's, Annual Friends of Brenner Luncheon, 31 Days and 31 Ways for Brenner Children's and WMAG Brenner Children's Heroes, Hope & Heart. 

  • Friends of Brenner Children's
  • Cindy Caines

    Director, Constituency Engagement and Events


  • Additional Information

    Brenner Children's 
    Office of Philanthropy
    P.O. Box 571021
    Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021