about the woman’s board
The Woman’s Board was formed in 1976 by an enterprising group of women to support the entity they considered vital to the unique quality of their community. Their children had spent Saturday afternoons playing ball in the gym of the Community House, watched movies in Matz Hall on Friday evenings and congregated during after-school hours at the bowling alley. Bridge groups, armchair travel lectures and theatre offerings all found a home through the years at the Gothic-style building located at Pine Street and Lincoln in Winnetka. Over the years, the landscape of the Community House has changed, but the fundraising efforts of the Woman’s Board has always stayed constant. Today, eighty-five percent of the funds raised by the Woman’s Board go directly to the operating budget of the Community House, with the remainder earmarked for special projects and needs. These funds, along with generous and ongoing support from local businesses and residents, have helped to grow and sustain the Community House
One of the only institutions of its kind in the United States. Our members are a multi-generational group of women, working together to support and promote the Community House. We work in a team environment with many opportunities for individual contributions. Members of the Woman’s Board are unofficial “ambassadors” for Winnetka Community House. Members are encouraged to attend and participate in events sponsored by the Woman’s Board, such as the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Preview Party and other member social events, and to volunteer when possible as additional “woman power” is needed.
woman’s board activities
Antiques + Modernism Winnetka. The Woman’s Board is known for Antiques + Modernism Winnetka, a celebrated three-day show that premiered in 2010. Antiques + Modernism Winnetka features prestigious dealers from throughout the United States and thousands of attendees. The show represents the best of design through the centuries.
Antiques + Modernism Winnetka features a kickoff event, an elegant preview party with excellent cuisine and music, lectures and booth seminars. This show is our principal fundraiser, earning approximately $125,000 annually, the majority of which goes to Community House operating funds.
Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast with Santa is a fun event for the whole family. Kids enjoy breakfast, crafts and the chance to have their photos taken with Santa Claus. The event has grown in popularity, selling out in 2018. For the event, Woman’s Board members oversee the transformation of Matz Hall into a winter wonderland.
Wine and Beer Tasting. The Woman’s Board has hosted this exciting event since 2010. It provides an opportunity to sample superb wines from around the world as well as microbrew and premium beers. Delicious pairings with savory hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and sweets are also served. Wine, available for purchase from the vendors, can be picked up in Winnetka.
join the woman’s board
We could always use additional “womanpower”! Please contact us to learn more about the benefits and requirements of membership or to join us in our mission. We look forward to working with you! [Link to Contact Us page]