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The Woman’s Board

Since 1884 The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center has supported Rush’s mission of bringing the best possible health care to the Medical Center’s patients. The Board comprises women of all ages from the entire Chicago metro area.

The Woman’s Board also includes two supporting groups active in Chicago's northern suburbs: The Auxiliary of the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center and The Junior Board of the Auxiliary of the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center.

The Woman’s Board has raised more than $35.1 million for Rush University Medical Center since 1974, when the Board began keeping fundraising records. With the generosity of corporations, foundations, two auxiliaries, individual board members and the operation of The Woman’s Board Gift Shops at Rush, The Woman’s Board supports a broad range of patient care, education, research and community. 

Projects of the Board

Each year, The Woman’s Board selects a special initiative as our Principal Project.  Recent projects include:

2018 - The Rush Education and Career Hub, or REACH

2017 - The Rush School-Based Mental Health Program

2016 - The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and their families at Rush

2015 - Bioinformatics to provide individualized cancer treatment options

2014 - Intraoperative imaging technology to improve the ability to remove complex brain tumors

2013 - Development of a leading-edge diagnostic tool for early detection

In 2019 The Woman’s Board has committed to raising funds toward the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program, known as RCSIP. RCSIP is a network of community service programs matching Rush University students’ interests with the social and health care needs of Chicago. The initiative affords Rush students the opportunity to provide care to more than 10,000 people annually. The Woman’s Board’s RCSIP endowment will provide long-term funding for these important experiences that enhance students’ ability to develop patient relationships, care for diverse populations and address the medical needs of Chicago’s West Side communities. 

Fundraising Events

In 2019 the Annual Spring Luncheon celebrated its 25th consecutive year at the Hilton Chicago on May 7, featuring President Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Funds raised at the 2019 event will be directed to community outreach programs supported by The Woman’s Board, including the Board’s 2019 Principal Project, the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program. The event is chaired by Anne Loucks of Glencoe and Gwen Solberg of Chicago. 

On Sept. 6, the Woman’s Board will host its 93rd annual fall fundraising event, Bright Futures, at Theater on the Lake. The party is expected to draw more than 400 Chicago-area supporters and feature a cocktail buffet along with live musical entertainment from The Bob Hardwick Sound, based in New York City and led by Bob Hardwick. The event is chaired by Woman’s Board members Colby Gaines of Chicago, Susie Healey of Wilmette and Buffy Maier of Winnetka. 

Each year The Auxiliary of the Woman’s Board hosts its highly anticipated Cooks’ Tour, an invitation-only event showcasing some of the North Shore’s most extraordinary homes. The 2019 event will be held on Sept. 25. Guests will enjoy an intimate tour of each of the featured homes and a luncheon in the Garden Room at the Winnetka Community House. Home-cooked soups, entrees and baked goods may be purchased from the Cooks' Tour Gourmet-to-Go boutique. Cooks’ Tour proceeds will support RCSIP. Learn more about the Cooks’ Tour online.

The Junior Board of the Auxiliary of the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center engages high school students from New Trier Township who are committed to volunteerism and raising funds to support the Medical Center. Each year, these young women organize several successful fundraising events that include a car wash, a holiday boutique and a fashion show.

Learn more about The Woman’s Board on their website.

Questions? Contact Michelle Boardman, director of auxiliary groups, at (312) 942-6884 or michelle_a_boardman@rush.edu.

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