The Lewis Society honors those who have included Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in their long-term philanthropic plans through a legacy gift. Lewis Society members continue the enduring tradition of generosity and vision established by the Hospital's founder, Dr. Francis West Lewis.
Philanthropy has played a crucial role since the Hospital first opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day in 1855. Dr. Lewis was inspired while visiting a hospital devoted entirely to the care of sick children in London. Upon his return, he immediately helped establish America's first pediatric hospital: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Lewis' father, Mordecai D. Lewis, served as the first President of the Hospital's Board of Managers and helped finance the Hospital in its early years. His was the first bequest to Children's Hospital. Dr. Lewis' two sisters also gave transformational planned gifts to CHOP to honor their brother's legacy.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia still bears the indelible marks of the Lewis Family. Their devotion to the care of sick children is perpetuated by every commitment made by members of The Lewis Society today. We invite you to join other members who support the Hospital through a will, trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity or other types of planned gifts.
If you have any questions or have named us as a beneficiary of your estate plan, please let us know . We would like to thank you for your generosity and welcome you into The Lewis Society.