Steel Magnolias 

Fundraiser Mortgage has donated $250 to date.


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Steel Magnolias is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that has been contributing funds to the Geraldine Stramski Children’s Developmental Center since 2000. Each year, this specialty healthcare center treats more than 4,000 children with serious, often life-long, medical conditions so they can achieve their highest potential.

With a donation to date of $250.00, Fundraiser Mortgage supports Steel Magnolias and wants to help them reach out to an increasing number of special-needs children.

History of the Stramski Center:

In 1975, the Children’s Chronic Disease Center was founded by Dr. Geraldine A. Stramski (Hyman), with the financial help of the Children’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The center was renamed in her honor in 1991. As a developmental pediatrician, Dr. Stramski recognized the need for a team approach to the multiplicity of health issues so often encountered in children with developmental conditions.

Today, The Stramski Children's Developmental Center, under the direction of Medical Director Dr. Gary Feldman, is a special needs center created to help children and families deal with conditions such as autism, cleft lip and palate, birth defects, learning problems, mental and other developmental delays. The center also has sleep disorders and international adoption clinics. It is on the leading edge in the study of Fragile X Syndrome. Many of these children their conditions are invisible, serious, and life-long and they face almost insurmountable challenges. Very few of these problems are “quick-fixes” -- they require numerous visits and extensive pre-consult and post-consult work. Consequently, the need for funding is, and always will be, a perpetual issue.

Often parents have difficulty advocating for their children due to cultural, educational, and language differences. The Stramski Center fills this gap by facilitating access to services and monitoring progress. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the center is able to provide individualized care to help children reach their optimum potential.

When Steel Magnolias was founded in 1999 by Shirley Wild, the intent was to hold a one-time-only fundraising event. However, because that event succeeded in raising $62,000 and created much interest and compassion throughout the community, a permanent organization was established. To date, Steel Magnolias has donated more than $2 million to the Stramski Center, enabling deserving children and families to receive the critical medical care they could not otherwise afford.

Steel Magnolias funding comes from individual, corporate and foundation donors as well as from two annual events, the Style Long Beach Home Tour and a gala party in early September. We invite you to explore their website, learn about these popular events and discover how our assistance has made a difference in the lives of the young patients at the Stramski Center.