2023 ChildServe Champions
SVPA Architects and Chris and Mary Risewick named prestigious recipients
Danielle Williams, Dr. Teri Wahlig, Sara Herman & JC Risewick
Each year, ChildServe recognizes its most devoted supporters for advancing its mission through generosity, service and inspiring others to action. The award is designated in two categories, one for corporations, foundations and organizations and the other for individuals or families. This year both SVPA Architects and Chris and Mary Risewick were named recipients, respectively.
“We are inspired by the generosity of supporters like SVPA Architects and Chris and Mary Risewick who have championed ChildServe‘s mission for decades,” said Dr. Teri Wahlig, ChildServe CEO. “These partnerships enable us to serve and transform the lives of even more Iowa children with special healthcare needs and their families each year. It never ceases to amaze me when we consider all our donors have given of themselves, their time, talents and resources to support ChildServe.”
SVPA Architects has supported the mission of ChildServe not only as a longstanding vendor and collaborator but also in the capacity of volunteer service and philanthropy. In total, SVPA Architects has donated a cumulative $230,000 to ChildServe since 1999. SVPA Architects team members have spearheaded ChildServe‘s Bubble Ball Decor Committee for more than a decade and have been instrumental in bringing various projects to life, including Jojo’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, Variety Behavioral Health Clinic, ChildServe Concussion Clinic, as well as additional Johnston campus expansion projects.
“It has been an absolute privilege for the last 20 years to help ChildServe create spaces of healing, inspiration and support for the children and families they serve,” said Sara Herman, SVPA Architects Vice President, Director of Interior Design. “It has been so rewarding for our team to come back to the facilities and see children interacting with the designs, and to see staff using the building to support the therapy and care of these children.”
Dr. Teri Wahlig & Risewick Family: Mike, Christina, Holden, Everett, Anne, JC, Mary & Chris
Chris and Mary Risewick
Chris and Mary Risewick have supported the ChildServe organization for decades. Their generosity has helped thousands of children with special healthcare needs and their families live a great life, whether it be through specialty services or state-of-the-art technology. The goal is to make sure the children, young adults and their families have the best quality of life possible, and the Risewicks’ support through the years has helped ensure that.
“It is a true honor to be recognized by ChildServe as recipients of this year’s ChildServe Champions award. The organization’s mission and impact on local children with special healthcare needs is a cause near and dear to our hearts. The Risewick family and Seneca Companies have nearly 40 years of collaboration and support of ChildServe. In addition to our involvement, it has been heartwarming to see the next generation of Risewick support, as our son JC serves on the ChildServe Board of Trustees today and continues to partner with ChildServe at a corporate level as well. This is the legacy and impact we are so proud to see come to fruition.”
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.