Northwestern Mutual


Starlight kids and families battling cancer are welcomed onto the field of the Rose Bowl for a UCLA/Stanford football game as guests of Northwestern Mutual.

In 2012, Northwestern Mutual launched a signature national philanthropic program to accelerate the search for a cure to childhood cancer and to provide support to kids and families facing the daily struggles of this disease. This long-term commitment will harness the passion and spirit of thousands of Northwestern Mutual employees and financial representatives; their families, friends and clients; and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow.

As part of this program, Starlight and Northwestern Mutual are working together to place the Starlight Fun Center® system and Starlight Tablets in hospitals across the country and to hold Starlight Escapes events where chronically ill children, including those with cancer, and their families can enjoy relaxing and fun-filled activities.

President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Peggy Troy (third from the left), joins John Kordsmeier (right), president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation along with Starlight Children’s Foundation to dedicate a Starlight Fun Center.


The Northwestern Mutual Foundation donated $200,000 to Starlight to kick-off the partnership and over its first year of partnership donated nearly $450,000 through the Foundation, and fundraising activities by Northwestern Mutual employees and financial representatives across the country.






Rob Poleo of Northwestern Mutual, left, works with a child at Chris Evert Children's Hospital to demonstrate the resource and educational tools on the Starlight Tablet, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.   Cathy Rigby, star of Peter Pan, sprinkles Starlight kids with fairy dust at an event in Houston sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.