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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 metropolitan area.

Pictured: Former United States Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright offered the keynote speech at the 2018 Woman's Board Spring Luncheon.  

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.

Since 1974, The Woman’s Board has raised more than $34.1 million for Medical Center initiatives.  With the generosity of corporations, foundations, two auxiliaries, individual board members and the operation of The Woman’s Board Gift Shops at Rush, the Board supports a broad range of patient care, education, research and community initiatives at Rush each year.

Projects of the Board

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

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 2018, The Woman’s Board has committed $450,000 to expand the Rush Education and Career Hub, or REACH, an innovative education and workforce development program that provides college readiness programs, mentoring and internship programs to high school and college students from Chicago’s West Side communities.

In the next decade, the need for health care professionals will grow especially in low-income communities.  Part of Rush’s commitment to improve the overall health and well-being of the Chicago’s nine vibrant and diverse West Side neighborhoods, REACH will help students from these communities build careers in the health care industry. 

With the Board’s support, Rush will build on REACH's success at Richard T. Crane Preparatory Academy and bring the program to Benito Juarez High School, Instituto Health Science Career Academy and Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School.

Fundraising Events

The 2018 Spring Luncheon, the Board’s signature event, was held on May 3 at the Ritz Carlton Chicago and featured keynote speaker, Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State.  Funds raised at the 2018 event will be directed to community outreach programs supported by The Woman's Board, including the Board’s 2018 Principal Project, the Rush Education and Career Hub, or REACH.

 In 2019, the Annual Spring Luncheon will celebrate its 25th consecutive year.  Event details will be announced in December 2018. 

On October 19, the Women’s Board will host its 92nd annual fall fundraising event, An Evening of Whimsy, at The Art Institute Chicago.  The event will feature cocktails, a seated dinner, our legendary raffle as well as live music and dancing.  Funds raised at the event will fulfill the Board’s $450,000 commitment to REACH. 

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 2018 event was held on September 26.  Guests were provided an intimate tour of each of four featured homes and enjoyed a wonderful luncheon in the Garden Room at the Winnetka Community House.   Delicious homemade soups, entrees and baked goods were available for purchase the Cooks' Tour Gourmet-to-Go boutique.  Cooks’ Tour proceeds will support REACH.  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 fall benefit.

Learn more about the Woman’s Board, The Auxiliary Board and the Junior 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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