Overview of the Woman’s Board
A 99-Year Tradition
The Woman’s Board of Children’s Home & Aid was founded in 1920 by a group of compassionate women dedicated to improving the lives of abused and neglected children. Since then, generations of women have made a commitment to the work of the Woman’s Board by lending their support to transforming the lives of children and families in need.
The September Gala
Since its inception, the Woman’s Board has worked diligently to raise funds supporting the services of Children’s Home & Aid through its annual September Gala. Through the leadership of Mrs. Potter Palmer, the first Woman’s Board president, the initial September Gala in 1920 raised an extraordinary $30,000 and was attended by 300 guests. Since 1920, the Gala has raised millions of dollars to support the organization’s life-saving work.
Dedication to Early Childhood Care and Education
The Woman’s Board has been dedicated to the Chicago community with its long-standing commitment to the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child & Family Center which has helped to expand programs for children and families on Chicago’s South Side since 2007.
The Woman’s Board’s dedication to the provision of quality early childhood care and education extends beyond Chicago’s city limits. The Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child & Family Center opened in 2009, and with the generous support of the Woman’s Board has ensured the provisions of early childhood and school readiness, crisis intervention, and parental support to vulnerable children and families of the Schaumburg Community.
Due to the generosity of former Woman’s Board president, Jerri Hoffmann and her husband, David, the Carpentersville center was renamed the Jerri Hoffmann Carpentersville Child & Family Center. Opened in 2015, the Hoffmann Center is a state-of-the-art child care center, serving approximately 230 children and their families annually.
The accomplishments of the many generations of dedicated members of the Woman’s Board have contributed significantly throughout its history. Through its rich legacy and tradition of compassion, commitment and leadership, the Woman’s Board has helped to shape brighter futures for thousands of children and families who may not have otherwise had the chance to succeed.
Woman’s Board Members
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