Lifelong Seattle Children's Champion Makes Lasting Contribution

Peggy Habegger and Kate Webster

Peggy Habegger, a longtime guild member and Seattle Children's supporter, received the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement at the 2012 Guild Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon Celebration. The award was presented by friend and guild member Kate Webster.

At the 2012 Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration, Peggy Habegger received the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement in honor of her tremendous leadership and volunteerism on behalf of Seattle Children's. During her acceptance speech, Habegger drew cheers from the crowd as she proudly stated, "My name is Peggy Habegger and I am Seattle Children's."

"Serving Children's is in my DNA," she says today. Her grandmother, Jane Joy, was a longtime guild member and friends with many of the hospital's founding trustees. Her mother, Gertrude Joy, also a guild member, helped establish the Children's calendar project.

As a young woman, Habegger was an active junior guild member. Through the years she has served as president of the Seattle Children's Hospital Board of Trustees, chaired the first Children's Miracle Network telethon, founded the Marion Blethen Mesdag Guild and even hosted Queen Elizabeth's 1983 visit to Children's.

Peggy and Bob Habegger Leaving a Legacy

Habegger and her late husband, Bob, established the Habegger Family Journey Program Endowment in memory of their daughter Ann. The endowment was funded with life insurance policies and is a beneficiary of their estate.

Habegger and her late husband, Bob, also financially supported the hospital's Journey Program, which helps children and families as they grieve the loss of a loved one. When her husband retired from his career as a life insurance agent, they decided to donate their unneeded life insurance policies (originally intended as income-replacement policies) to the Journey Program.

"Over the years, I have seen so many families benefit from the support of the Journey Program and its director, Jackie Kite," says Habegger. "Having lost our daughter Ann at a young age, my husband and I appreciated the services of this program and decided to support it during our lifetime. We also made it a beneficiary of our estate."

The Habegger Family Journey Program Endowment will generate an ongoing source of income for the program, for an enduring, positive impact on families.

"Giving to the Journey Program was the perfect way to use our insurance policies," says Habegger. "Though I still feel the loss of my husband, it consoles me to know that the proceeds from his insurance policies are helping families in need of support."

For information on charitable bequests and life insurance gifts benefiting Children's, please call Lorraine del Prado at 206-987-4977 or Christina Lui at 206-987-6812.