Conference Charity - Gilda's Club

Gilda’s Club in Chicago has been selected as the Conference Charity for 2021 and will be working to raise funds during the conference. Gilda’s Club was chosen jointly by President Greg McHenry and the 2021 Annual Conference Local Host Task Force.

Who the charity supports

Gilda’s Club Chicago supports anyone living with cancer – men, women, teens, and children – along with their families and friends, as well as those who have lost someone to cancer.
Gilda’s Club Chicago’s mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Gilda’s Club Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is funded through donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and special events.


You can donate to Gilda's Club online or at the conference. IAAO will have special representatives collecting donations at the Welcome Reception and the Chicago Local Host Booth will have more information about Gilda's Club and a place to donate. In addition you can visit the website page set up for IAAO at at  or call 312-464- 9900 to join, volunteer, or donate. Since 1998, Gilda’s Club Chicago has been providing free psychosocial support to those impacted by cancer.

Started after comedienne Gilda Radner’s experience with ovarian cancer, GCC now operates the main Clubhouse on Wells Street in Chicago, as well as programs at several hospitals and clinics in Chicago, providing support where cancer patients are already receiving medical treatment.

The Club started with a seed gift of $10,000 which was followed by several million-dollar sponsors, including People Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Sears, Roebuck and Company.