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Your fully tax deductible membership contribution supports the ongoing educational activities of the Woman’s Club included on this page. The Woman’s Club encourages matching corporate gifts. Please contact your company’s human resource office.

The Woman’s Club Risa Zwerling Wrighton Endowed Scholarship Fund

In 2009-2010, as part of the Centennial Year celebration, The Woman’s Club of WU initiated the Centennial Scholarship Endowment. Through diligent work and many generous donations, club members raised the necessary $50,000 to begin an endowment.

The goal then, as it continues to be, is to provide financial support to:

  • Non-traditional students returning to college after spending some time in the work force, and
  • Students who are attending college for the first time after spending time in the work force.

The first scholarship awarded from endowment earnings was given in 2011. In April 2013, the endowment grew enough to provide a second scholarship, and the selection of students became the responsibility of the Dean of the University College. Also, the policy was changed to allow students to keep their scholarships for two years, provided they remain eligible. Endowment numbers continued to grow and in 2017 a third scholarship was added.

In the spring of 2018, the Executive Board voted to change the name of the endowment fund to “The Risa Zwerling Wrighton Woman’s Club Scholarship Endowment” to honor Risa, who for many years has been the First Lady of Washington University. Her many contributions include being a spirited booster of students and members of the University family and establishing and managing the Club’s Home Plate program. She has also supported significant outreach efforts to benefit the greater St. Louis community.

Club members worked diligently to grow the renamed endowment fund with the goal of adding a fourth scholarship in 2018-2019.Not only did they achieve that goal, but enough new funds were raised to add a fifth scholarship in 2019-2020.

The Club celebrated its fundraising success at the Norwood Country Club on January 25, 2019.  At this event, Risa was the honoree. A special program was offered highlighting her warmth, hard work, and impact on the broader Washington University community. The Risa Scholarship honorees were introduced and received certificates of achievement.

Scholarship fundraising efforts continue to be a focus for the Club. There will be special game day events, silent auctions, generous gifts from interest groups, surplus income from membership renewals and many contributions from Woman’s Club members and friends.

If you are interested in making a gift to The Washington University Woman’s Club Risa Zwerling Wrighton Endowed Scholarship Fund or to make a donation for any purpose listed on this page, please contact:

Lisa Schmidt

Mail your gift to:
The Woman’s Club of Washington University
Campus Box 7460
St. Louis, MO 63130

The Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden Fund

In 1995, Washington University experienced a milestone. Chancellor Danforth retired at the end of the fiscal year. Therefore, in October 1994, President Jan Kardos and her committee submitted a plan to Special Events Chairman Magdalin Szabo, for a special gift to honor Ibby Danforth, who had supported the Club throughout many years and events.

The President proposed the Club establish a butterfly garden near the Stix House on Forsyth Avenue. Club members would be responsible for its upkeep. They could help work in the garden, donate items to the garden, or donate to a fund established expressly for this purpose. At first a modest goal of $500 was set to help start the soil preparation, order a plaque and purchase recommended Missouri native plants.

By March 1995, a total of 120 people had made contributions to the Butterfly Garden, bringing in a total of $3,702 before the celebration luncheon.

On October 10th, 1996, the Butterfly Garden was formally dedicated when Ibby Danforth unveiled a plaque which read “Ibby’s Garden.” Ninety-nine people attended the reception, chaired by Millie Kaufman, in the McDowell home, with Sue Taylor and student Elizabeth McDouell providing harp and cello music.

By spring 1998, Jean Davis replaced Jan Kardos as co-chair the Butterfly Garden Committee with Tedi Macias.

Through the generous support of Maia Schultz and Bill Smith, the Butterfly Garden received a flagstone path throughout the garden, making it accessible from Forsyth Blvd. The pathway was completed in October 1999. A luncheon in the garden was held on October 29th to honor the contributors.

In September 2010, a new arbor and bench was dedicated at a Centennial Butterfly Garden Tea. The cost of the maintenance free recycled building material for the arbor and bench was covered by generous donations to the Butterfly Garden.

In 2017 we dedicated a new gate on Wallace Drive to honor Ed and Tedi Macias.  Former Provost, Ed Macias was steadfast in his administrative support for the development of our garden. Tedi Macias was on the original Butterfly Garden Committee 22 years ago and has been a loyal volunteer and garden leader since that time.

We continue to appreciate all donations.

The Annual Assembly Series Program Endowment

In general, 1984-85 was spent almost entirely preparing for the 75th Anniversary Celebration. The primary emphasis was to honor the Woman’s Club for its long presence on the campus. Since the board directed the celebration committee to raise funds for a gift to the university, three main fundraising activities were proposed: 1) historical house tour, co-chaired by Emilie Brandhorst and Ruth Selfridge, 2) a bazaar coordinated by Glenda Finnie and Lily Schwarzschild, and 3) a dinner-auction in Elizabeth Danforth’s honor, chaired by Magdalin Szabo.

The main event was held March 16, 1985 at the new sports complex with 400 people attending. Marcia Bernstein, as chairperson of the 75th Year Celebration Committee, coordinated the event, which honored Elizabeth Danforth for her devotion and service to the Woman’s Club. Over 75 women worked on the auction which offered 115 items, donated by local vendors and club members. A 75th anniversary quilt was designed by Fannie Marie Batt and Anne Nussbaum. Many women worked on this quilt throughout the year, which was the highlight at the raffle. Following the close of the silent auction, a buffet dinner was served, after which Dina Feldman Club President, gave the welcoming speech for Mrs. Danforth, followed by a slide show featuring highlights from Mrs. Danforth’s life. The sell-out crowd then enjoyed dancing in the new gym to the Galaxy Band.

The celebration netted over $11,000 from the house tours, the bazaar, the dinner auction, the sale of the food and the tour, the sale of tote bags and aprons, which bore the garland of flowers logo designed by Mary Hartford. The proceeds were deposited in a special university account, which became the Annual Assembly Series Program Endowment, from which the Club annually releases an amount as its donation to the Graham Chapel Assembly Series Lecture Fund.

General Operating Funds of the Club

Activities of the Woman’s Club date back to its founding year of 1910. Members now joining at the Sustaining, Sponsoring, or Benefactor levels of at least $100 are donating funds to help the club in its outreach activities to newcomers and current members. This is a non-tax deductible donation and there are no additional personal benefits.

Your fully tax-deductible membership contribution supports the ongoing educational activities of the  Woman’s Club included on this page.  The Woman’s Club encourages matching corporate gifts. Please contact your company’s human resources office.