Better Makers: Spring Luncheon Raises Over $300,000 for Rush University Medical Center

On May 7, 2019, The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center hosted its 25th Annual Spring Luncheon at the Hilton Chicago. More than 530 guests attended the reception and lunch that featured keynote speaker President Mary Robinson, who spoke about her views on climate change and how it affects human rights. Robinson is not only one of the world’s most established advocates for climate change, but she is also the former President of Ireland, Chair of The Elders, and is a United Nations Special Envoy for climate change as well as the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is committed to helping, educating, and inspiring others to reduce carbon emissions. Guests had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A that followed her speech.

The Spring Luncheon raised over $300,000 to further invest into the Medical Center’s education, research, and community service programs, including the The Rush Community Service Initiative Program (RCSIP). The RCSIP was founded in 1991 with the mission to provide healthcare access and knowledge to areas in Chicago that otherwise lacked such services and education. The program allows university students who are interested in healthcare and social change to work alongside Rush faculty members to educate residents on the importance of healthy living and disease prevention and management. The RCSIP also sponsors programs that prepare and educate students on possible career opportunities in the health science field. 

To learn more about the Annual Spring Luncheon, visit the board’s website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Rush University Medical Center Annual Spring Luncheon
Event Co-Chair Gwen Solberg, Keynote Speaker President Mary Robinson, and Event Co-Chair Anne Loucks
Rush University Medical Center: Audrey Tuggle and Judy Ryan
Audrey Tuggle and Judy Ryan
Rush University Medical Center: Annual Spring Luncheon with President Mary Robinson
Kassy Helme, President Mary Robinson, and Mimi Mitchell
Rush University Medical Center: Gwen Solberg, Sharon Gates, Cindy Nicolaides, and Anne Loucks
Gwen Solberg; Sharon Gates, Senior Director, Community Engagement at Rush University Medical Center; Board President Cindy Nicolaides, and Anne Loucks
Rush University Medical Center: Wilma Smelcer, Malou Rawls, and Anne Hokin
Wilma Smelcer, Malou Rawls, and Anne Hokin
Rush University Medical Center: Elizabeth Maier, Colby Gaines, and Susie Healey
Fall Benefit Co-Chairs Elizabeth Maier, Colby Gaines, and Susie Healey

Lily_YuLily Yu was born and raised in Chicago but eventually found herself studying in the heart of the cornfields at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is majoring in business management and marketing, and is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.