Children's Service Board

Founded over half a century ago, the Children's Service Board is one of Chicago's oldest and most successful philanthropic affiliated organizations of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Comprised of talented, committed women from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, the Children's Service Board’s mission is to champion the hospital through engagement and philanthropy, stewardship and fundraising, and volunteerism. 

Fundraising and stewardship are targeted commitments the Children's Service Board has accepted at the request of the hospital's CEO. To date, the Children's Service Board has raised over $15 million in support of the hospital services and programs that are critical to the quality of care.

In 2016 the CSB made a $1.5 million commitment to recruit a highly qualified physician-scientist in the field of Molecular Oncology to lead the groundbreaking Molecular Oncology and Bioinformatics Program. This program will couple knowledge from oncology and genomics to provide personalized medicine to children with a wide range of cancers, especially those that are resistant to currently available therapies.



Recognized around the city, the Children’s Service Board’s signature fundraising event is the annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show (GCFAS).

The GCFAS is heralded nationally as it features a competition in which the most sought after new designers compete for the coveted Gold Cast Fashion Award. Past participants include Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Wes Gordon, Ramona Kaveza, Anne Klein and Donna Karan.

Held each fall, the GCFAS welcomes nearly 1,000 guests to celebrate fashion and philanthropy. The past two years, the GCFAS has raised over $1.0 million gross revenue. Our next event will be held on Thursday evening, October 12, 2017, at Revel Fulton Market.​

For more information regarding the Children's Service Board, please contact Ilana Lerman at​ or 312.227.7305.