Steel Magnolias a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization, was formed to benefit children with developmental delays, behavioral and learning challenges and other special needs. Since our formation in 1999, we have donated over four and a half million dollars ($4,500,000) to our main recipient, the Geraldine Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. This specialty healthcare center treats more than 4,000 children with serious, sometimes life-long, medical and behavioral conditions so they can achieve their highest potential.


When Steel Magnolias was founded in 1999 by Shirley Wild, the intent was to hold a one-time-only fundraising event. However, because it succeeded in raising $62,000 and created much interest and compassion throughout the community, a permanent organization was established. Steel Magnolias has been enabling deserving children and families to receive the critical medical care they could not otherwise afford.

Steel Magnolias funding comes from individual, corporate and foundation donors as well as from three annual events, Long Beach Home Design Tour, our Signature Event and a golf tournament. We invite you to explore our website, learn about these popular events and discover how our assistance has made a difference in the lives of the young patients.

We hope you will support Steel Magnolias and help us reach out to an increasing number of special-needs children. Together, we can make their health blossom!