Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Welcomes Mary Robinson, Ireland’s First Female President, for Annual Spring Luncheon

President Mary Robinson
President Mary Robinson

The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center is hosting their Annual Spring Luncheon on May 7 at the Hilton Chicago and will feature keynote speaker President Mary Robinson.

This is the 25th consecutive year for the luncheon, which kicked off with speaker Grace Mirabella, former Vogue editor and founder of the popular 90s magazine Mirabella. Mark Hampton, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nora Ephron, Sherry Lansing, Cokie Roberts, Laura Bush, and Dr. Madeleine Albright are just some of the notable speakers who have followed. The event is being chaired this year by Woman’s Board members Anne Loucks and Gwen Solberg.

President Mary Robinson served as the first female President of Ireland from 1990-1997. One of the world’s most respected advocates for climate justice, she leads the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy for the poor and disempowered who are most threatened by climate change. A sought-after speaker, President Robinson has moved audiences around the world with her passionate and hopeful call for all nations to work together to fight for a sustainable future.

The Woman’s Board has enjoyed a remarkable history of partnership with the Medical Center, supporting its educational programs and the quality of care provided at Rush. Through the operation of two gift shops within the hospital and annual fundraisers, the board has raised funds for scholarships, programs in nursing, social services, Rush Day School, and epilepsy education, as well as Rush’s Chapel and it’s Pastoral Care requests.

Woman's Board of Rush University Medical Center: Anne Loucks and Gwen Solberg
Anne Loucks and Gwen Solberg

Over the past three years, the Woman’s Board has been raising funds to support Rush University Medical Center’s education research and community service. In 2017 the board focused their philanthropic efforts toward the Rush School-Based Mental Health Program and in 2018 the Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH). The Woman’s Board’s 2019 principal project is raising funds for the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program, known as RCSIP.

RCSIP is a network of community service programs matching Rush Medical College students’ interests to the social health care needs of Chicago. The initiative affords Rush students the opportunity to provide care to more than 10,000 people annually. The Woman’s Board’s $500,000 RCSIP endowment will provide long-term funding for these important experiences that enhance students’ ability to develop patient relationships, care for diverse populations, and fulfill community-based needs.

Join the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center to hear a world leader, President Mary Robinson, speak about her professional and life experiences, as well as raise funds for the amazing program that is RCSIP. For more information about the Spring Luncheon, please visit our website thewomansboard.org.

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