Rush’s 86th Fashion Show “Envisions” a world with no cancer
Cindy Mancillas of Winnetka, Rush Woman's Board 86th annual fashion show chairman, with husband Kurt. | Lee A. Litas~Sun-Times Media
Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center fashion show
BENEFITING: Rush University Medical Center Breast Imaging Center
DATE: Oct. 18, 2012
LOCATION: Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
Updated: January 11, 2013 7:19PM
The Event: Celebrity models donned designer duds and strutted their stuff down the catwalk at the Palmer House Hilton on October 18 for the 86th annual Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center fashion show, “Envision.”
More than 600 attendees came to support for Rush’s latest onslaught on cancer: the new breast imaging center and the purchase of seven new state-of-the-art digital mammography machines.
The Woman’s Board is one of the oldest hospital woman’s boards in Chicago, composed of more than 200 volunteers who support the education, research and community programs of Rush University Medical Center.
Cause célèbre: “We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer (and) there are plenty of things to do with this hospital that could make a huge difference,” said board member Pam Fitzgerald of Winnetka. Benefit chairman Cindy Mancillas of Winnetka has been involved with the board for 20 years. “It’s gratifying to know that there are thousands of women who will be helped from tonight’s event,” she said.
Many in attendance represented second and even third generations of supporters for Rush. Peter Crowe, whose whole family has been involved with the charity since the late 70s, urged continued support despite the tough economic times. “That’s when you need it more. None of us are doing all that well but we have to pull together and help everybody out, right?”
Decade-long Woman’s board member Cindy Nicolaides of Kenilworth called Rush Hospital an amazing place. She noted that the fundraiser show will support aid for many women with breast cancer, and that the new mammography equipment it is funding “is going to save the lives of so many women in an underserved area. I think this is the most important thing we can do.”
The Bottom Line: The event raised in excess of $500,000 dollars for latest state-of-the-art digital mammography technology.