The Women’s Board supports the Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Extraordinary undertakings can spring from extraordinary loss. In 1973, Ray and Richard Martin lost a premature twin daughter, Abbie. That tragedy inspired Ray’s mother, Ellen Cavert, to create what would become the hospital’s largest volunteer-driven, community-supported source of philanthropy. Formed in 1973, The Women’s Board has grown from 41 to 400 members and raised $34 million for equipment, programs, and facilities at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The Women’s Board’s unparalleled success is a testament to Mrs. Cavert’s indomitable commitment to improving and saving the lives of children. The Women’s Board strives to further awareness in the community of the services and remarkable facilities of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and to raise funds to ensure the best health care for each and every child who comes through the hospital’s doors.

The Women’s Board strives to further awareness in the community of the services and remarkable facilities of Wolfson Children’s  Hospital and to raise funds to ensure the best health care for each and every child who comes through the hospital’s doors.

We are women of purpose. Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for this very special hospital, where no child is ever denied the very best of care, regardless of ability to pay. Our hospital provides almost $40 million annually in charity and uncompensated care for our ever-increasing geographic area. Wolfson depends upon The Women’s Board, and we depend upon and need you to partner with us.

The Women’s Board was formed in 1973 as the result of a sweet baby girl, Abbie Ray Martin, who died because Wolfson, at that time, did not have the equipment to sustain her fragile life. From that tragedy has bloomed triumph. The Women’s Board has raised $34 million for Wolfson, saving life after precious little life.

From an initial 41 members, we have grown to more than 400 (as well as many other volunteers). We are all volunteers who believe in this very special mission, and all that we do is FOR THE CHILDREN. If you would like to support our mission Click Here to learn about the possibilities of giving.

The Women’s Board is led by the President and Executive Committee, which includes Vice Presidents, Chairs of our Events, Treasurer and Secretary, and other vital positions. Our Advisory Board is made up of Past Presidents. We have a staff that includes our Director Sally Parsons, Financial Analyst John Adcox,  and Administrative Assistant June Duncan. We have almost 400 volunteer members, as well as many additional volunteers. We depend upon the vital partnership and support of our community sponsors, both corporate and individual, whose gifts enable us to do the amazing things we do for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Becoming a member of The Women’s Board requires a high level of commitment. We track potential members and require a minimum of three years of service before membership is considered. This is a big reason for our members’ high level and long-term commitment. Our members are members for life, as most continue to volunteer year after year after year.

CURRENT LEADERSHIP

FOUNDER AND CHAIR EMERITA

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Mrs. Tillman Cavert Jr. (Ellen), 2015 Eve Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Click here to learn more about Ellen Cavert and how the Women’s Board began.

PRESIDENT 2019-2020

President Katherine A. Forrester

PRESIDENT-Elect 2021-2022

Robin Albaneze

2020 ART & ANTIQUES SHOW CHAIRS

Meg Folds
Drew Haramis
Julie Howard

2020-2021 FLORIDA FORUM CHAIRS

Jan Kirby
Frances Hutto

2020 Executive Committee

Claudia Adams
Robin Albaneze
Roxane Andrade
Jacqueline Bargas*
Cathy Brinton*
Ellen Cavert*
Mary Connell*
Wendy Durden*
Liza Emmet
Susan Feeley
Meg Folds
Katherine Forrester
Kaye Glover*
Cheree Graham
Diane Graham*
Marleigh Gulliford
Drew Haramis
Chris Hieb
Suzanne Hinckley
Julie Howard
​Denise Hudmon
Shannon Huie
Frances Hutto
Jan Kirby
Kelley Kunz
Elizabeth Langley*
Rebecca Levin
Robin Love
Sharon Lucie
Laura Magevney
Vicki Martin*
Kendra McCrary
Susie Miller
Heather Moseley
Anna Neal
Karla Newton
Mary Pietan*
Jane Pomar
Lindsey Riggs
Natalie Rosenberg
Grace Sarber*
Susan Smathers*
Polly Stein*
Kathy Storm*
Dearing Thoburn
Karen Wolfson*
*Past Presidents

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