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 Festival Shop 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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Festival Shop

The Festival Shop 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.

Marilyn Vender, Chairman
Elizabeth Bergmann, Vice Chairman
Evey Schweig, Administrative Vice Chairman
Michele Ihlanfeldt, Recording Secretary
Regina Wootton, Treasurer
Chandra Cramer, Member-at-large
Beth Lambert, Member-at-large
Cathie Murphy, Member-at-large


Megan P. Anderson
Vicki Apatoff
Sarah Barden
Andrea Bechtel
Debra Beck
Michele Becker
Jean S. Berghoff
Elizabeth B. Bergmann
Susie Bodeen
Emily Borovsky
Mary A. Boyer
Audrey C. Rubinstein Buntman
Leslie S. Carothers
Wendy A. Cartland
Mamie Case
Jane D. Casper
Judith B. Castellini
Jane B. Colman
Kirby L. Colson
Catherine Cooper
Gayla W. Cox
Chandra Cramer
Elizabeth Crown
Sandra K. Crown
Barbara Daniels
Barbara B. Denison
Jeanne M. Denison
Kelly Epstein
Melinda Meade DeStefano
Annette G. Dezelan
Victoria Dorgan
Susan Elliott
Kelly Epstein
Karen Ettelson
Ellen Falkof
Joan Feitler
Venita E. Fields
Virginia Foreman
Christy Fowler
Barbara G. Greis
Lou Guthrie
Charlotte Hadley

Madeline Halpern
Molly Heald
Marilyn Heath
Gail Hodges
Betsy Holden
Michele Ihlanfeldt
Kathryn D. Ingraham
Jeannie W. James
Kimberly Kacyn
Elizabeth Karabatsos
Liz Katz
Hyon Kim
Peggy Wagner Kimble
Carol E. Klenk
Emily T. Knight
Dolores Kohl Kaplan
Judith Konen
Beth Lambert
Claudia Lane
Amy Lubin
Jen Luby
Suzanne Lyman
Betsey Madden
Debra Marks
Nicky Mayber
Pam Mayo
Judy McCarter
Jean McClung
Patricia L. McGrath
Betty McLean
Ruthie McNally
Sheila Medvin
Mary Alice Miller
Lucy R. Minor
Randi Miron
Iliana A. Mora
Mary Moreland
Catharine Murphy
Rebecca Murray
Elizabeth L. Nathan
Toby M. Newman
Judy Newton

Daniela A. O'Leary-Gill
Jane Otis
Kathy Paleczny
Marian P. Pawlick
Jane Perkins
Sara Pfaff
Sue N. Pick
Kristin Pilant
Betsey Pinkert
Cynthia Pinkerton
Carol Pollock
Alyssa Quinlan
Andrea Rein
Gloria Reisner
Nancy A. Rotering
Audrey C. Rubinstein Buntman
Patricia Sanders
Anne Scheyer
Susan B. Schmitt
Carol W. Schroeder
Evey Schweig
Kate S. Shapiro
Stephanie A. Sick
Patricia Sikorovsky
Susan Spears
Jennifer W. Steans
Lois Steans
Jennifer W. Steans
Marcie Stein
Toria Stender
Pamela B. Strobel
Elizabeth Thomas
Lisa B. Tribbett
Marilyn M. Vender
Florette Weiss
Evette Williams
Joan Wing
Janet Winter
Jane Woldenberg
Regina Wootton
Patricia R. Zeeman

Nancy Bodeen
Judy Moore
Harrison Steans
Virginia Vale
Jan Weil