Belcher Award Trophy
Belcher Award Trophy
Belcher Award Trophy

William S. “Bill” Belcher Award

The William S. "Bill" Belcher Award recognizes individuals for their leadership and commitment to children’s health care. 

For decades William S. “Bill” Belcher – the first All Children’s Hospital Chairman of the Board – was a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients. Mr. Belcher and his fellow board members and administrators, in office when All Children’s Hospital opened its doors at the Sixth Street site in 1967, did much to build support for the hospital and its mission of creating healthy tomorrows for all children. Not only did they ensure that the hospital would care for all children regardless of race, creed or ability to pay, they also foresaw a day when Johns Hopkins All Children’s would become a pediatric academic health system and destination for top pediatric care.

When he died in 1992, the hospital lost a dear friend and tireless community advocate. The William S. “Bill” Belcher Award was created upon his death to honor his legacy of leadership, commitment and passionate advocacy in the name of our patients. It is the highest honor awarded by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation and past recipients have worked hard to live up to those the standards Bill Belcher set.

William S. “Bill” Belcher Award Recipients

2022: Gilkey family

2018: Dwayne Hawkins

2016: Tom Dorety

2014: Bill Edwards

2012: Allen Root, M.D.

2010: Robert C. Decker

2009: Darryl LeClair

2008: Dr. Frank & Mrs. Sandy Diamond

2007: Roberto Sosa, M.D.

2006: Betty Willis

2005: Mark and Marianne Mahaffey

2004: Louie Adcock

2003: Joseph W. Fleece Jr.

2002: J. Dennis Sexton

2001: Evelyn Felsen

2000: Dick Crippen

1999: Jerry Barbosa, M.D.

1998: Edward Ameen

1997: The Honorable C.W. (Bill) Young

1996: Claudia Sokolowski

1995: Thelma and Maurice Rothman

1994: Eleanor Speakman

1993: Mary Lina Belcher