Gloria McPhillips Andereck
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center has always been a part of Gloria McPhillips Andereck's life. Her older sisters, Mary Louise Sexton and Patsy Lorence, were members of Le Bonheur Club when she was only a child. Gloria's father, Patrick A. McPhillips, was instrumental in helping Le Bonheur acquire land from the city for only one dollar to build a hospital. Gloria attended the hospital's official opening June 15, 1952.
Gloria's nephew was born with polio, and at that time Le Bonheur was the only place in the region where he could be treated. She also met her husband, William S. "Bill" Andereck, on a blind date that was arranged by a mutual friend in the Le Bonheur Club.
"I grew up with Le Bonheur," said the native Memphian and Le Bonheur Club member since 1951. "I can't ever remember not knowing about Le Bonheur."
Gloria has made a commitment to continue supporting Le Bonheur beyond her lifetime by designating a bequest to the hospital through her estate plan.
As an early Le Bonheur Club member, Gloria recalls working 48 three-hour shifts every year at the hospital as a volunteer. Tasks included running the elevator, working in the snack bar, and sweeping floors. She spent hours reading to young patients and their siblings, serving coffee to parents, and assisting in the Bunny Room. Gloria served as vice president of the Le Bonheur Club and chaired numerous committees throughout the years. One year she earned the club's Top Fund Raiser Award for her work standing at the entrance to the Memphis Fairgrounds day after day, selling Le Bonheur's Gold Tags for fifty cents each.
"I am devoted to Le Bonheur and take every opportunity I have to emphasize its mission to others," Gloria said. "When I think of what Le Bonheur has done in the past, and reflect upon its future, I know it will be wonderful. I encourage others to give because their gift will make such a difference for all the children of our region."