A Look Back


Forty friends joined one grandmother forty years ago after losing one of her twin granddaughters,  Abbie Ray Martin, who was born two and a half months early in 1972.

The problem: A local children’s hospital lacked equipment and funds to properly serve the community.

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A Jewelry Box Full of Stories

by guest blogger Susanna P. Barton

Vintage jewelry is more than stuff. It can be a little piece of someone, a relic of a precious time or a thesis of your personal narrative. It can start conversations, define your style and help people get your ju-ju before they even know you. Stuff is soulless jank you find at Claire’s or big gettin’ stores. Vintage jewelry, to the contrary, is an extension of inner brilliance – it’s your story.
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The Food of the Seventies


Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on.”

Well, for the 1970s if food was the music of the decade, it would taste like a Hawaiian Hula.

In the Seventies, the decade in which The Women’s Board was created, the world went crazy for the Hawaiian culture, and that meant incorporating anything pineapple into our food.

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What’s “trending” right now in antiques?

James Farmer

Ask the Expert: What’s trending right now in antiques?

Thanks for your question! I get this one a lot. In fact, this is probably my second most frequently asked question next to last month’s, “How old is an antique?” I have to kind of chuckle because the short answer is that what’s “trending” right now in antiques is to not buy antiques….. and that’s why it’s actually such a great time to buy them!

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A Legacy of Support: Children’s Emergency Center, Radiology, and Surgical Services

As we celebrate the 40th year of the Art and Antiques Show and the 25th year of Florida Forum, we are proud to look back on The Women’s Board’s legacy of support for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.  Funds raised by The Women’s Board over the past 43 years have supported a number of projects and programs, and we are excited to share our legacy through this special series of patient stories. 


Isabel Schimpff, a pediatric Emergency Center, Radiology, and Surgical Services patient

The week of her tenth birthday, Isabel Schimpff was sent home early from school with an upset stomach.  When Isabel’s symptoms worsened, Isabel was sent to Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Center.

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Florida Forum: Ben Carson

The Women’s Board is pleased to mark the Silver Anniversary of the Florida Forum, commemorating the 25th year of hosting the most notable political figures, entrepreneurs, athletes and newsmakers from across the country and around the world.

The upcoming 2016-2017 speaker series includes pioneering neurosurgeon Ben Carson, FOX News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, and Jacksonville’s hometown hero Tim Tebow, continuing the Florida Forum’s long tradition of enriching the cultural and intellectual life of our community.

The series opens October 25, 2016, with world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, inspiring storyteller, New York Times bestselling author and syndicated columnist Ben Carson.  Carson gained world recognition for his groundbreaking surgery on conjoined twins and as director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.  Ben Carson has been named one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists by CNN and Time magazine. He is a leading advocate for children’s health care.  Additionally, he was a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.


This is a series you do not want to miss!  Subscription packages are available.  Purchase your subscription online today at thefloridaforum.com or by calling 904.202.2886.