Barrington Hills resident to chair Rush Woman’s Board’s Luncheon on May 9

Gillian Stoettner of Barrington Hills, chair of the 2022 Spring Luncheon (Photo by Kerri Sherman)
Ali Wentworth, actress and author, who will serve as the luncheon’s keynote speaker (Photo by Heidi Gutman)

On Monday, May 9, The Woman’s Board of the Rush University Medical Center will host its 27th Annual Spring Luncheon, a fundraiser supporting the Medical Center’s education, research and community service programs as well as The Woman’s Board Fund for Excellence in Cellular Therapy.

The Spring Luncheon will feature keynote speaker Ali Wentworth, an actor, comedian and three-time New York Times best-selling author. Wentworth made a name for herself as a regular on three seasons of In Living Color. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno more than one hundred times, as well as on Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel, and was an on-air regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show for three years. Her television and film credits include Seinfeld, Jerry Maguire, Office Space, Trial and Error, and Nancy Meyer’s It’s Complicated. Ali’s career in the entertainment industry has also included off-screen roles such as TV series creator, executive producer, and writer.

Gillian Stoettner, a long-time resident of Barrington Hills, will serve as chair for the 2022 Spring Luncheon. Stoettner, who has been a member of the Rush Woman’s Board for more than 20 years, believes Wentworth’s combination of approachability and humor make her the ideal speaker for this year’s event.

“The Spring Luncheon is known for having incredibly dynamic and accomplished women as its keynote speakers, and Ali is no exception. Ali’s style is very real, unafraid to talk about real situations and real problems and to approach them with a sense of humor,” said Stoettner. “After all the difficulties and challenges of the last few years, I think we all need a good laugh. Ali is sure to give us that in droves.”

As previously mentioned, proceeds from the Spring Luncheon will go toward the Woman’s Board’s 2022 principal project: The Woman’s Board Fund for Excellence in Cellular Therapy. New cellular therapy approaches allow medical specialists to re-engineer a person’s own cancer-fighting cells to attack tumors more effectively. They have transformed how lymphoma, leukemia and other hematologic malignancies are treated at RUSH currently, and clinical trials at RUSH will test the therapies for lung cancer and melanoma. The Woman’s Board Fund will enable RUSH to introduce these exciting by complex immunotherapy treatments into patient care.

The Spring Luncheon will take place at The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact the Woman’s Board office at (312) 942-6513.

Originally published on March 18, 2022. Read the Daily Herald article online here.

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