The Women’s Board produces two major benefits each year—the Art & Antiques Show and the Florida Forum speaker series. These events, along with direct donations and gifts to endowments, raise more than $2 million annually for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
THE FLORIDA FORUM
The Florida Forum is an annual speaker series begun by The Women’s Board in 1992. The Forum has enriched the intellectual and cultural life of Jacksonville for more than two decades, while enabling The Women’s Board to contribute more than $28 million to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The world-class series—featuring monarchs, entertainers, pundits, influential thinkers, business heavyweights, heads of state and more—has welcomed a veritable “Who’s Who” of renowned speakers, including Peyton Manning, Laura Bush, Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, Michael J. Fox, Sir Richard Branson, Tom Wolfe, Queen Noor of Jordan, Anderson Cooper, Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Cal Ripkin Jr., General Colin Powell, Barbara Walters, Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and many more. Check back often for information about the 2017-2018 Florida Forum. We are already planning for another memorable season.
ART & ANTIQUES SHOW
Satisfying a remarkable range of aesthetics and budgets, the Art & Antiques Show features hard-to-find art, books, furniture, jewelry, home accessories, servingware, period and mid-century modern pieces from across the country and throughout Europe, while its Opening Night Gala heralds Jacksonville’s winter social season.
Guests enjoy lectures and workshops by iconic designers and event planners, a Children’s Fashion Show with current and former Wolfson patients, special events, and more. Check back often for news and updates about the 2017 Art and Antiques Show.
SUPPORTING WOLFSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The Women’s Board has funded many areas of the hospital, including the Larry J. Freeman Behavioral Health Center, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Children’s Emergency Center, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Kids Kare Transport Program and Ambulances, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Cardiovascular Program, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Radiology and Children’s Surgical Services. We also have given multiple gifts to the hospital to fund other vital hospital programs and equipment, such as pediatric heart monitors needed during cardiac surgery, high-tech “giraffe” beds for the tiniest patients, a new lifesaving ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine that literally acts as heart and lungs for a child in grave condition, and more.
The Women’s Board is currently in year 4 of a five-year, $4 million pledge to the new Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction. The new Center will provide skilled surgical staff, expand the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and meet the needs of pediatric trauma patients. Baptist Health has committed a matching grant at 150 percent for a significant portion of this goal, making The Women’s Board’s ultimate donation a whopping $7 million.
The Women’s Board also funds several endowments vital to the future of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Funds are donated to these endowments regularly and on an ongoing basis.