Hurray for Anchors Aweigh



By Judy Carmack Bross




Co-chairs Emily Krall, Bridget Tully Vrabel with board president Sarah Schrup and Annie Hudson, with Emily Sturgess

Courtney Kenny, Margaret Nelson, Elizabeth Moore

Anchors Aweigh launched a whole new annual summer fundraiser for the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital charting a course for Summer Soirees to come. The 300 guests who gathered on the wide terrace at the Saddle & Cycle Club, danced to the breezy yacht rock band Anchor’s Away and found it a perfect sail into summer.

Emily Sturgess (co-chair), Amy Tarnowicz, Julia Goodwin, Amy Fansler and Megan Fansler

 Jeanette Sublett, Langdon Neal, Lena and Steve Helms

Board president Sarah Schrup, Eric Pruitt, Jessica Frogge, Saif Rathore

By the end of cocktails, cuisine and conversation under the stars, $230,000 was raised to support of The Woman’s Board’s pledge to fund comprehensive reproductive care across a woman’s lifetime. Co-chairs included a new generation of Woman’s Board members, including Emily Krall, Emily Sturgess Annie Hudson and Bridget Tully Vrabel. Board president Sarah Schrup addressed the group, speaking to the board’s mission to support women’s health in all the reproductive stages of their lives.

Emily (co-chair) and Steven Krall

Katy Collins, Jenny Brown and Keevie Silvay

Phoebe Reaumond, Debbie Jimenez, Sharon Brown

“What a way to kick off the summer! Great night, good friends, and a fine cross-section of Toto and The Doobie Brothers. And to top it off, more than $230,000 raised towards our $4.6 million pledge supporting women’s reproductive health. Who could ask for more,” Sarah Schrup told us afterwards.

Candy Daly, Holly Cortes, Lissie Cortes and Mary Grant

Ginevra Ranney and Alison Ranney

Willy Moore, Kate Fundarek, Patrick Casimiro, Christine Abramo, Chris Liberge and Laura Liberge

From its very first fundraiser—a musicale at the home of Bertha and Potter Palmer in 1900—the 127-year-old Woman’s Board has matched novel fundraising events with its determination to raise funds for initiatives at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Board whose financial commitments began with free bed care for patients in 1897, has offered the first cutting edge care for women with HIV-AIDs and more recently for COVID patients, just weeks after the pandemic began. It has funded the building of numerous buildings on the Hospital’s campus including Ambulatory Care, the Emergency Pavilion and the Prentice Women’s Hospital floor for cancer patients as well as research grants, clinical trials, and in early times, to wire the whole hospital, unique ways to recognize Compassionate Care among Hospital employees and much more.

Lynne McDonough, Keevie Silvay, Kathi Hudson, Katy Collins

Marquita Hanus and Lissie Cortes

Kathryn Scodro, Emily Krall (co-chair), Casey Waddell

For more information, contact The Woman’s Board office, 312-926-9138, or visit

Photos by Robin Subar.

Mary Swift, Charenton Drake, Sarah Schrup, Katie Hale

Molly and Will Stout

Scott and Mallory Gidwitz, Lindsay Baker, Katie Slater