Ravinia's Women’s Board


An integral part of Ravinia Festival for over 50 years

The Ravinia Women’s Board, founded in 1962, has raised over $27 million for Ravinia over its storied history. Major fundraisers include the annual summer Gala, Ravinia Gifts and Chair Rental, the Tribute Fund and the Ravinia Cruise. All proceeds from these fundraising efforts help support Ravinia Festival's enhancement of the "park experience," scholarships at Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the REACH*TEACH PLAY education programs in Chicago-area schools. We are extremely proud of the creation of the first Ravinia student orchestra in October 2012—based on Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema model, Sistema Ravinia fosters social development through exceptional music training.


Responsible for the following projects:

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Gift Shop

Ravinia Gifts is managed by the Ravinia's Women's Board, and benefits Ravinia and its music education programs.

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Chair Rental

Ravinia Chair Rental is managed by the Ravinia's Women's Board, and benefits Ravinia and its music education programs.

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Gala Benefit

The Ravinia Women’s Board hosts a magical evening of music and dinner at Ravinia to support the mission of bringing music to the community.


Poster Contest

For 43 years the Ravinia Women’s Board has sponsored this annual competition to create a unique poster designed to be used in promoting the festival’s upcoming season.


Tribute Gifts

Ravinia Festival Women’s Board Tribute Fund provides a unique opportunity to create a meaningful and enduring commemoration of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Judy Castellini, Chairman
Gloria Reisner, Vice Chairman
Marcie Stein, Administrative Vice Chairman
Susan Spears, Recording Secretary
Elizabeth Bergmann, Treasurer
Susan Elliott, Member-at-large
Mindy Meade DeStefano, Member-at-large
Betsey Madden, Member-at-large

Marilynn Alsdorf
Sarah B. Barden
Mrs. Orville C. Beattie
Debra S. Beck
Jean Smith Berghoff   
Elizabeth Bergmann
Mrs. George H. Bodeen
Susan Bodeen   
Emily Borovsky
Mrs. John A. Daniels
Bobbie B. Denison
Wendy Alders Cartland
Leslie S. Carothers
Mamie Case
Jane D. Casper   
Judy Castellini  
Mrs. Hammond E. Chaffetz
Jane B. Colman
Kirby Lewis Colson
Catherine J. Cooper
Mrs. Robert A. Cox
Chandra Cramer
Sandra K. Crown   
Jeanne M. Denison  
Mindy Meade DeStefano
Annette G. Dezelan   
Victoria Dorgan
Mrs. Jerrold L. Eberhardt
Susan R. Elliott
Mrs. William S. Ettelson
Mrs. Robert Feitler
Mrs. Peter B. Foreman
Christy S. Fowler
Andrea G. Fox  
Ilana Fradkin
Mrs. Maurice F. Fulton   
Ellen Gignilliat
Mrs. Bruce K. Goodman
Barbara Greis
Kelly Grier 
Mrs. William N. Guthrie 
Mrs. Stanton T. Hadley 
Mrs. Richard C. Halpern 

Mrs. David J. Harris
Margaret Mitchell Hastings 
Mrs. Thomas D. Heath  
Gail Hodges  
Caroline T. Huebner  
Mrs. Thomas B. Hunter III 
Mrs. Jorge Iorgulescu  
Judy Istock 
Mrs. Edward R. James  
Elizabeth Karabatsos  
Dolores Kohl Kaplan 
Peggy Wagner Kimble 
Niven Q. Kingwill 
Carol Evans Klenk  
Emily T. Knight  
Janet W. Krasny 
Beth Lambert 
Claudia Stewart Lane  
Donna LaPietra 
Mrs. M. James Leider 
Mary Clewlow Loch 
Amy Lubin 
Betsey Madden 
Mrs. Lester M. Mayber 
Mrs. John W. McCarter, Jr. 
Jean McClung  
Patty McGrath 
Betty McLean  
Mrs. Alan G. McNally 
Sheila Medvin 
Rachel Davis Mersey  
Mary Alice Miller 
Lucy R. Minor 
Mrs. John R. Moore 
Mary Moreland 
Becky Murray  
Mrs. Joseph E. Nathan  
Toby Newman 
Mrs. Ray E. Newton, Jr. 
Pamela Sims Nunley 
Mrs. Leonard J. O’Connor  
Daniela O’Leary-Gill 
Jane D. Otis 

Kathy Paleczny 
Marian P. Pawlick 
Jane Perkins  
Sara Pfaff 
Sue N. Pick 
Betsey N. Pinkert 
Cynthia Willis Pinkerton 
Mrs. Neil K. Quinn 
Gloria Reisner 
Merle Reskin 
Nancy Rodkin Rotering 
Susi Rowe 
Audrey C. Rubinstein 
Onnie M. Scheyer 
Susan B. Schmitt  
Jana Schreuder 
Carol W. Schroeder 
Evey Schweig  
Mrs. John R. Scott 
Kate S. Shapiro 
Stephanie Sick 
Mrs. Eugene F. Sikorovsky 
Mrs. Alejandro Silva  
Susan Spears  
Harrison I. Steans 
Mrs. Harrison I. Steans 
Marcie A. Stein  
Pamela B. Strobel 
Mrs. Philip W.K. Sweet, Jr. 
Elizabeth M. Thomas  
Mrs. Richard L. Thomas 
Lisa Brown Tribbett  
Virginia C. Vale 
Penny Van Horn 
Marilyn Vender  
Janis Weil  
Mrs. Robert G. Weiss 
Bisi Williams  
Mrs. Emory Williams 
Joan C. Wing  
Jane Woldenberg  
Patti Zeeman