History

100+ Women Who Care
The first chapter of 100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan. It’s a brilliantly simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. Her group of 100 women, at their first one-hour meeting, each wrote a check for $100 directly to the charity, raising $10,000 to buy 300 new baby cribs for an organization in their city. Since then, they have grown to over 200 members and Women Who Care chapters are forming all over North America. These groups collectively have donated more than a million dollars to locally based organizations.

100+ Women Who Care – West Suburban Chapter
Founding members:  Jane Hove and Diane Kowalski

Jane HoveJane Hove first saw the concept of 100 Women Who Care on Facebook and thought what a great idea, so simple with an enormous impact on local charities.  She was busy with another charity and when her commitment was finished she talked with Kathy Maykut and Diane Kowalski about the idea and 100+ Women Who Care West Suburban was put into motion.  Jane is the President of the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in local charities since moving to Bloomingdale in 2002.  She is married to Dr. John Butts, they have two children and three grandchildren whom they love spending time with!

Diane headshotDiane Kowalski is also very involved with other local charities but felt this particular mission of starting this chapter was very much the best direction to put her energies towards. Working in her full time profession as a Vice President of Executive Search for The Laramie Group/Kensington International, she has always had a passion to serve others in her daily work. She lives in Bartlett with her husband Thomas Kowalski; they are still very much connected in the Roselle and Bloomingdale Chambers. They have three grown children and enjoy spending wonderful time with their precious granddaughter and look forward to the new one that is on the way!