2015 Marjorie Wilmot Red Shoe Award


2015 Red Shoe Recipient
Sheila Grandelis (3rd from left) with Cile Smith (2nd from left),
joined by  Membership Co-chair Connie Maloney (left) and Mary Baxa (right).

The 2015 recipient of the Marjory Wilmot Red Shoe award is Sheila Grandelis (3rd from left).  Sheila has been a faithful and dedicated member of the Milwaukee Christ Child Society for over fifteen years.

During these years, she has served as Membership Committee Member, as Membership Chair and as President of our Milwaukee Chapter. She has contributed to the highly successful fundraising project of eBay with her expertise in procuring items from the Resale Shop, rummage sales and consignment stores. She has sorted and boxed remnants of estate sales, even working in extreme heat, acknowledging that she does it all for the Christ Child. She has earned the title "Picker" as she has the expertise to know when an item has value and the items she procures help fund our many projects today. She works at the Resale Shop in the Housewares Room and she is the Parish Liaison for St Dominic’s Parish in Brookfield.

Even when family and personal illness entered her life, she continued to volunteer her time and talents, barely missing a beat. She has been the epitome of what a Red Shoe Award recipient must be; a dependable, serving, faithful leader.

2014 Marjorie Wilmot Red Shoe Award



2014 Red Shoe Award recipient Cile Smith (center) with Connie Maloney (left) and Mary Baxa, membership chairpersons.

In appreciation of her 56 years of service to the Christ Child Society, Cile Smith was recognized at the spring banquet with the 2014 Marjorie Wilmot Red Shoe Award.

A member since 1958, Cile has given her time and talents to virtually every aspect of the organization. Valuing education, Cile authored a book of lesson plans for religious education classes, taught the mentally challenged at St. Margaret Mary Parish, worked as a teacher’s aide and “home project” worker, and currently tutors at Our Lady of Sorrows. Over the years, she has chaired committees at the annual rummage sale and outings for children at St. John’s School for the Deaf and served as reservation chair for events.

Cile has served on the Christ Child Society’s board, volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and vision screening. After 56 years, Cile is not slowing down. These days you’ll find her behind the cash register at the Resale Shop or filling backpacks in our My Stuff Program. Needless to say, in her friendly, quiet and unassuming manner, she has proven faithfulness, dependability, service and leadership. The Christ Child Society is proud to recognize Cile’s selflessness with the 2014 Red Shoe Award.

The Marjorie Wilmot Red Shoe Award is presented each year to one member of the Milwaukee chapter whose light shines in many directions and whose dedication to the society and to those we serve is exemplary. Marjorie Wilmot was the founder of the Milwaukee chapter in 1948.