2020 Woman's Board Ball
New Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Postponed from the original date of May 15
Co-Chairs: Caroline Gantz Burns & Cynthia Chereskin
Four Seasons Chicago
120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
The Woman’s Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is strongly committed to Chicago’s youth, funding programs that make an important impact across all of the 20+ Chicago area Clubs.
This year, we will honor two of our Woman’s Board Visionaries, Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and Kim White. The recent loss of our fellow Woman's Board member Kim is so deeply felt. We had planned to celebrate her and even now in her memory we will rejoice in the legacy she created by her good work, loving spirit, and dedication to children. We look forward to recognizing both Karen and Kim’s outstanding leadership as champions for Chicago’s youth.
Despite their proximity to downtown Chicago, many of our Club youth never have the opportunity to explore the city’s greatest treasures. Funding of this program provides transportation, meals, and admission to many of Chicago’s landmarks. Whether touring the Mayor’s office, walking the set of Chicago Tonight at WTTW, or learning about the intake and adoption process at PAWS, Share Chicago introduces our youth to unique experiences. By sharing Chicago, our youth can see a world outside of their neighborhood and discover all of the incredible opportunities their city has to offer. With an expanding membership and endless institutions to explore, we hope to provide even more opportunities for our Club members. Each trip is an opportunity for our Club members to envision their life after graduation – it could be a trip to the Field Museum that sparks someone’s interest in the field of science, or a trip to the Chopping Block that encourages someone to pursue their dreams of attending culinary school.
Members of the Woman’s Board firmly believe that support of Chicago’s at-risk youth does not end at high school graduation. As Club members graduate from our after school programs, the Board’s Scholarship Committee is dedicated to seeing teens advance through college with the support of their Boys & Girls Club family behind them. Five (5) to seven (7) annual scholarships are awarded each year, depending on funding, and one (1) to two (2) Ann Milligan Gray Scholarships are awarded. To date, these scholarship programs have awarded over 100 scholarships, totaling more than $4.5 million in funding with hopes to increase this number as BGCC membership — and number of youth seeking post-secondary education — has doubled in recent years. These scholarships are contingent on recipients maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA throughout their college career. If additional qualifications are met and grades are maintained, the scholarship continues until the candidates graduate. Through hard work, dedication, and with the support of their BGCC family, scholarship recipients have gone on to graduate from schools such as University of Illinois at Chicago, Bradley University, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin, Fordham University, and more.
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2020 Woman's Board Ball
2019 Woman's Board Summer Ball Gala - Mirror Ball