Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a private hospital that NEVER TURNS ANY CHILD AWAY, regardless of ability to pay. As the only children’s hospital between Orlando and Atlanta, Wolfson serves an ever-increasing region – well into central Florida, up to Savannah and beyond, and even west of Tallahassee into Alabama. Truly family-centered, it is one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, and its areas of specialty are renowned. Wolfson depends upon its donors to support the amazing work it does, and this is why the commitment of The Women’s Board is so vital. We are passionate about serving and saving the lives of Wolfson’s children, and we need you to partner with us.
The Women’s Board produces two major benefits each year – the Winter Design 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. Make an online donation today. Now more than ever the children need your support.
Morris David Wolfson letter to his sons, Sam, Louis, Saul, Cecil, and Nathan, September 1, 1946 — For the full letter, click here.
Karen Wolfson has shared her essay on Morris Wolfson, entitled “Pop…A Very Rare Man.” Click here to read it.
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 $31 million to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. We are all looking forward to the next night at the Forum. The 2021 Florida Forum Season promises to be one of the best ever presented. This exciting season will feature evenings at The Forum with Tim McGraw, Terry Bradshaw, and Charles Bolden Jr.
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 Lara Logan, Bryan Cranston, Tony Dungy, Tom Brokaw, Theo Epstein, Caroline Kennedy, Tim Tebow, 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. Learn more about the 2021 Florida Forum.
WINTER DESIGN SHOW
The Winter Design Show: Flaunting the First Coast
The Winter Design Show: Flaunting the First Coast reimagines the beloved Art & Antiques Show by presenting the work of top designers and artists, as well as current trends in home decor. Our 45th Show is unique in that we are celebrating the beauty and diversity of the place we call home by featuring neighborhoods, designers, artists, and shops from along our First Coast. Returning to the show are timeless favorites such as the black-tie gala, wares featured by local vendors, lectures by renowned designers, and the finest in antiques dealers. Flaunting the First Coast will not only highlight the richness of Northeast Florida but also engage and honor sponsors who are so vital to our community and to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The Winter Design Show will conclude with the cherished tradition of the Children’s Fashion Show starring past and current patients from Wolfson. Learn more about this exciting new event.
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.
We are proud to announce a new commitment to raising $4 million over five years to help fund the new NICU. The Women’s Board is currently in year 1 of a five-year, $4 million pledge to the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Over the next three years, Wolfson Children’s Hospital will undertake a campaign to build a new and improved NICU. The newly renovated NICU will feature:
- Suites designed with comfort and privacy for families in mind, while still maintaining visibility and easy access for NICU staff
- Modified lighting and soundproofing to reduce stress on newborns
- Critically important medical equipment designed to provide the highest standard of care
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. Click here to view the 2020 Corporate Brochure.