The Comer Children's Development Board is a volunteer board committed to raising awareness of the unique capabilities, approach and mission of the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

The board's work generates support for the hospital’s groundbreaking research and distinctive patient care. By sharing information regarding the hospital’s programs, services and special events with a wide range of audiences, the board serves as a vital link between the hospital and the greater Chicagoland community. The board has raised over $3.7 million for Comer Children’s through its events since its founding in 2006. 

The Comer Children's Development Board hosts two annual fundraising events a year:

  • The Comer Children’s Bright Night Benefit is an evening benefit that offers families and community members a night out to celebrate and support patient care programs at Comer Children’s. This year, the board is hosting a virtual gala called Bright Night Benefit @Home on April 29, 2021.
  • The RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s is held annually in the fall. In 2019, more than 1,000 adults and children participated in the 5K, Kids’ Mile, and Kids’ Dash events to raise funds to advance Comer Children’s mission and improve the lives of the many children and families it serves. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board hosted the 2020 Virtual RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children's and raised more than $280,000 online.

2021 Comer Children's Development Board Members

  • Stephanie Ross, co-president
  • Tara Marsh, co-president
  • Robin Goolsbee, co-membership chair
  • Michele Seidl, co-membership chair
  • Susanna Allshouse
  • Rachel Barner
  • Kathy Buck, 2020 RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s co-chair
  • Jacqueline Bush
  • Mary Ahn Chang, Social Chair
  • Cherry Chen
  • Cindy Cruise
  • Christine D’Hondt
  • Jill Engel Kling
  • Stacia Feinberg, co-chair Bright Night Benefit @Home
  • Jennifer Friedlander, co-chair Bright Night Benefit @Home
  • Carey Goldblatt
  • Mary Ann Hoey
  • Mariana Ingersoll, 2020 RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s co-chair
  • Barbara Malott Kizziah
  • Jason Krawetz
  • Ben Leshem
  • Fei Liu
  • Peter MacEntee
  • Ling Markovitz
  • Amy McCormack
  • Joanne Nemerovski
  • Kim Olivier
  • Dean Rider
  • Cindy Rowe
  • Lisa Cohen Schenkman
  • Angela Zotos
  • Lisa Rolfe Burik, sustaining member
  • Gail Rodman, sustaining member