Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $5,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest

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Photo Caption:Woodforest Branch Managers from across the state joined Kim Marling, Executive Director/Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation; Terra Johnson, Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest; Boyd Nelson, Illinois Regional Vice President; and Dr. David Gottlieb, Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

CHICAGO, IL – Woodforest Charitable Foundation recently presented a $5,000 donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest.

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization.  For more than 25 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries.

Starlight’s mission is to help seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.  Research studies have found that Starlight’s programs help reduce children’s pain while helping them to better deal with, understand and manage their illnesses.  In addition, Starlight programs help the child, parents and siblings experience less depression, anxiety, pain and isolation and bond as a family.

Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings, enabling Starlight to provide ongoing support for children and families — from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment.  “Families dealing with serious illness have been disproportionately affected by these tough economic times, and they need our programs now, more than ever,” said Terra Johnson, Program Manager of Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest.  “Last year, over 300,000 children and their families benefited from Starlight’s programs.  We hope that Woodforest finds great joy in the inspiration and happiness their gifts bring to the many children and families whom we serve.”

For more information about Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest, please call (310) 479-1212, visit or e-mail

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities.  For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers with branches in excess of 750 throughout seventeen states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at