For the first time in 71 years, we will not gather to celebrate the Woman’s Board Summer Ball out of concern for the health and safety of our community. We are grateful for your continued support, and in lieu of the event, ask you to consider a contribution at this critical time when our children need their Clubs – and our help – more than ever.
Caroline Gantz Burns & Cynthia Chereskin
In 2014, Kim White founded Share Chicago to ensure all kids have Chicago’s greatest treasures and experience unique field trips that spark their imaginations and interests. Funding for 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, each trip is an opportunity for 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. 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. While Kim sadly passed away before we were able to celebrate her visionary impact, her legacy lives on in Share Chicago, which inspires countless children every year.
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel, as a leader in the Woman’s Board College Scholarship program, has helped award more than $4.5 million to over 100 scholars, enabling promising youth to pursue the educations that change the direction of their lives. Karen and 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. Four to seven annual scholarships are awarded each year, depending on funding, and one (1) to two (2) Ann Milligan Gray Scholarships are awarded. The Woman’s Board hopes to increase this number as BGCC membership — and the 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 Bradley University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin, Washington University, and more. We honor Karen for her vision and championing the futures of these talented young people.
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