Woman’s Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Since the end of World War II, the Woman’s Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago has proven to be a powerful force in Chicago’s philanthropic community. The members of the Woman’s Board are strongly committed to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, funding programs across all Chicago-area Clubs. They also embrace a hands-on approach, volunteering their time at the Clubs and offering unique opportunities for Club members to enjoy the best of Chicago’s arts and culture through the Share Chicago program as well as provide our Club members with Woman’s Board Scholarships.

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Summer Ball

The iconic Summer Ball has ushered in Chicago’s gala season since 1952. As the city’s oldest black-tie gala, it serves as a model for other nonprofit events. 

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Members of the Woman’s Board firmly believe that support for Chicago’s underserved youth should not end at high school graduation. Each year, the Board’s Scholarship Committee awards four to six scholarships. The Ann Milligan Gray Scholarship is also awarded. To date, these scholarship programs have awarded more than 100 scholarships, totaling more than $4.5 million in funding. They are continuing to expand this support to meet the ambitions and increasing needs of our hardworking and dedicated youth.  

Share Chicago 

Despite their proximity to downtown Chicago, many of our Club youth rarely 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, including the Art Institute, the Mayor’s Office, and the Skydeck at Willis Tower. Other unique partnerships have included visits with PAWS, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, ITW, The Joffrey Ballet, and many others. The Woman's Board has been delighted to offer these special experiences so the youth can see a world outside of their neighborhood and discover all of the incredible opportunities their city has to offer. 

2023-2024 Woman's Board



Mrs. Colette Cachey Smithburg

1st Vice President:

Mrs. Karen McEniry

2nd Vice President:

Mrs. Cynthia Chereskin

Recording Secretary:

Mrs. Susie Glikin

Corresponding Secretary:

Mrs. Wilbur H. Gantz* 


Mrs. Charlene Huang Olson* 

Assistant Treasurer:

Mrs. Betsy Bradley

2024 Summer Ball Co-chairs:

Mrs. Ellen L. O’Connor* and Mrs. Elizabeth O’Connor Cole


Current Board Members:

Mrs. William Adams IV
Mrs. Laura Ferris Anderson  
Mrs. Lisa K. Aronin  
Ms. Diana Barr  
Mrs. Katie Berger
Mrs. Carol Lavin Bernick  
Mrs. Meredith Bluhm-Wolf  
Mrs. Norman R. Bobins*
Mrs. Caroline Gantz Burns  
Mrs. Lenore Cameron  
Ms. Lindsay Walter Carlton  
Mrs. Lester Crown  
Mrs. Robert J. Darnall  
Mrs. Jacqueline Ferro*
Mrs. Denise Gibson  
Mrs. Aimee Gray  
Mrs. Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel*  
Mrs. Jack M. Greenberg  
Mrs. John W. Higgins*  
Mrs. Jenni Sorenson Holmes
Mrs. Whitney Huffsmith


Mrs. Richard H. Lenny* 

Mrs. Judy Loseff  

Mrs. Melissa McNally  

Mrs. Kate Melman

Mrs. Shawna H. Owen

Mrs. Homi B. Patel*  

Mrs. Jerry K. Pearlman* 

Mrs. Tanya Polsky  

Mrs. Corinne Richman  

Mrs. Cecelia Ricketts

Mrs. E. Scott Santi 

Mrs. Ellen Saslow

Mrs. Maureen Linnan Sippel

Mrs. Barbara A. Speer 

Mrs. Neele E. Stearns Jr.* 

Mrs. Lisbeth C. Stiffel  

Mrs. James E. Stoller  

Mrs. Robin Loewenberg Tebbe*  

Mrs. Corinne White Troise

Mrs. John R. Walter*  

Mrs. Beth White* 

Honorary Members:

Mrs. Beaumont Atwater
Mrs. K. Dane Brooksher*
Mrs. J. Ira Harris
Mrs. Harold D. Jensen
Mrs. Donald G. Kempf Jr.*
Mrs. Dale R. Machalleck*

Mrs. Mimi Murley

Mrs. William A. Osborn
Mrs. Harold Reskin
Mrs. Bernard Rinella
Mrs. Phillip B. Rooney
Mrs. W. Jay Sennott*
Mrs. Edward R. Weed

Mrs. Miles D. White†
Mrs. Clayton E. Whiting*

*Past President