festive gala raised funds for
"our next 30 years"

Celebrate!Evanston 2016 raised nearly $280,000 to further the Foundation's mission to create a just, vibrant, and inclusive Evanston.

Celebrate!Evanston co-chairs Judy Kemp and Gene Servillo with Monique B. Jones, ECF CEO and President

The festive evening marked the Foundation's 30th anniversary with an original musical revue honoring its past and imaging its future (performed by Julie Chernoff, Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Rapheal Miller, and Jenna Rapisarda) as well as recognizing members of the Foundation's Alumni Council and founding donors. We were delighted to welcome our sponsors who helped make the evening such a success. Thank you!



highlights of the evening


Diana Cohen (1st vice chair), Monique B. Jones, and Mike Brody (Board Chair)


Festive tables awaited our guests at the Evanston Golf Club.


New Evanstonians and Emcees Karen Jordan and Christian Farr charmed the crowd.


Monique B. Jones greets Ken Lehman, the Foundation's first board chair.


Mike Brody with Diane and Karl Berolzheimer, founding donors of ECF. Karl is also part of the Foundation's Alumni Council.


Mayor Liz Tisdahl shares a laugh with Steve Routenberg from Rotary International, the gala's presenting sponsor organization.


The Northwestern University Dance Marathon Executive Board volunteered at the gala facilitating the auctions and singing in the musical revue. NUDM has donated more than $1 million dollars to ECF since 1998.


Esteemed audience members added cameo appearances to the evening's musical revue, including Pastor Michael Nabors of Second Baptist Church and Stephen Vick of Infant Welfare Society of Evanston.


Long-time ECF supporter, Al Zunamon shared his keyboard talents as the accompanist in the musical revue.


ECF board members Lisa Altenbernd and Patty Reece greet attendees at the start of the evening.


Co-chair Gene Servillo chats with Colette Allen of Family Focus and ECF board member Lonnie Barefield.


(l to r) Hecky Powell of Hecky's Barbecue, ECF board member Bill Logan, Pastor Nabors, Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting (gala's platinum sponsor), and Andre Wallace of The Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc.


Long-time Foundation supporters Jane Grover, Mark Tendam, and Shabnum Sanghvi chat during the cocktail hour.


Former ECF board member and Celebrate!Evanston co-chair Julie Captain, center, with Abi Shay and Nina Kavin, both recent graduates of Leadership Evanston. Musical revue performer Patrick Keenan-Devlin in the background.


The ECF staff enjoyed the evening too!

photos by Jill Norton Photography