A 95-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. For more than 95 years, 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.
The Woman’s Board’s dedication to the provision of quality early childhood care and education extends beyond Chicago’s city limits. The Woman’s Board has recognized the need for superior early childhood programming in Schaumburg as well as Carpentersville. 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, and is in the process of being rebuilt to accommodate double the amount of children than it could originally. The Woman’s Board is looking forward to helping provide help, hope, and opportunity to the children and family of the Carpentersville community.
The accomplishments of the many generations of dedicated members of the Woman’s Board have contributed significantly throughout its 95-year 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.
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