Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is one of the most famous athletes and social icons in American history. She has long been a champion for social change and equality. King created new inroads for men and women in sports and beyond during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today.
Born in Long Beach, California, she first played tennis at the age of 11 in the public parks of southern California. King won her first of a record 20 Wimbledon titles when she captured the 1961 Wimbledon Ladies’ Doubles Championship with Karen Hantze in 1961. She went on to win 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles during her career On September 20, 1973, she empowered women and educated men when she defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes. This match is remembered for its effect on society and its contribution to the women’s movement.
King was named one of the ‘100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century’ by Life Magazine and, in 2009, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Since founding the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974, Billie Jean has led the organization in its mission to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in educational and cash grants to advance participation, research and leadership in sports and physical activity for girls and women.

Join us and 2,000 guests on September 18th as we celebrate social justice and equality.   

For sponsorship information or to join the host committee, please contact Ilda Lagunas at (312) 577-2810, TTY (312) 577-2803 or ilagunas@cfw.org.
Due to sell-out crowds at last year's luncheon, we cannot guarantee individual tickets will be available. Reserve you table sponsorship today! 





Marcena W. and Norris Love


Sondra Berman Epstein, Maria C. Bechily, and Abby O'Neil
Susan E. Morrison

Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz

Aon Corp.
The Boeing Company
Ellen Benjamin and Frederick Bates
Nancy Juda and Jens Brasch
Levin Schreder Carey, Ltd
Gail and Harry Ludewig 
Mid-Continent Capital
Motorola Mobility Foundation
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Pierce Family Foundation 
Polk Bros. Foundation
RAM Construction 
S&C Electric
Silver Spring Networks
United Scrap Metal 
  Nannette Zander
ABC7 Chicago
Prudence and Francis Beidler
Chartwell Insurance
Marge and Lew Collens 
Judy Cottle and Mae Hong
DiMeo Schneider
Edwards Wildman Palmer
Harlene Ellin and Mike Cramer
Catherine Head
Irving Harris Foundation
Jewish Women's Foundation
Miriam Kelm
Bud Lifton and Carol Rosofsky
Kathy McDonald
Ogletree Deakins
Peoples Gas
Leora and Mort Rosen
Peggy Sullivan

Adela Cepeda, Founder and President of A.C. Advisory, Inc.
Anne Pramaggiore
President and CEO of ComEd
Host Committee:
María C. Bechily
Ellen J. Benjamin
Marjorie Craig Benton
Bernadette & Vivek Chopra
Terese Connolly
Harlene Ellin & Michael Cramer
Sondra Epstein
Clare Golla
Nancy Juda & Jens Brasch
Dannyel Kafer
Iris J. Krieg
Allison Levin
Gail Ludewig
Jeanine Meola
Susan E. Morrison
Grace Allen Newton
Abby O'Neil
Munira Patel
Shari Reiches
Janice E. Rodgers
Julie Scott
Geeta Singh
Patricia Costello Slovak
Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz

For sponsorship information or to join the host committee, please contact Ilda Lagunas at (312) 577-2810, TTY (312) 577-2803 orilagunas@cfw.org.


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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

11 am- 12 pm: Networking Reception

12 pm- 1:30 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Address

View a list of sponsorship opportunities HERE.

To reserve a table, click HERE.  

Chicago Foundation for Women's 29th Annual Luncheon will celebrate the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that includes business, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, media and community members. Proceeds help the Foundation achieve its mission to connect need, money and solutions for women and girls throughout metropolitan Chicago. Since 1985, we have given more than 3,000 grants totaling nearly $20 million and helped thousands of women and girls become philanthropists.

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