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September 30, 2016 | ECF Press Release

This year's annual Celebrate!Evanston gala themed "Our Next 30 Years" celebrated the Foundation's 30-year history and looked to the future.

Held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Evanston Golf Club over 300 people attended the celebration.

celebratory sell-out event

jCo-chairs Judy Kemp and Gene Servillo kick-off the benefit with Evanston Community Foundation President and CEO Monique B. Jones.Co-chairs Judy Kemp and Gene Servillo announced to the sold out crowd that the evening made ECF history by selling the most tickets and by securing the greatest number of sponsors of any event in ECF history. “The funds raised tonight support the broad spectrum of work ECF does across all of Evanston,” Judy Kemp said.

President and CEO Monique B. Jones told the crowd, “I want you to walk away knowing that ECF is Evanston’s greatest cheerleader. Not one group, neighborhood, or issue, but all of Evanston. We stand ready to be a thought partner, a leader when we should be, a collaborator, an investor, a facilitator – and most of all – a convener to grow our impact.”Karen Jordan of ABC7 Chicago and Christian Farr of NBC Chicago charmed the sell-out crowd.

Broadcasters and Evanstonians, Karen Jordan of ABC7 Chicago and Christian Farr of NBC Chicago emceed the event together for the second year in a row, which had as its theme “Our Next 30 Years.”

Celebrating that theme, ECF honored their past and imagined the future with an original musical revue performed by Julie Chernoff (Dining Editor of Make it Better and former ECF board member), Patrick Keenan-Devlin (Executive Director of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy), Rapheal Miller (singer, songwriter, producer, and actor), and Jenna Rapisarda (Evanston native, actor, and singer).

The 2016 Northwestern University Dance Marathon Executive Board gives their time and talent to support Evanston. The Northwestern Dance Marathon (NUDM) Executive Board volunteered for the evening facilitating the auctions and checkout as well as participating in the evening's musical revue. NUDM has donated more than $1 million dollars to ECF since 1998, in addition to giving countless hours of volunteer time to Evanston.




our fabulous sponsors

The event was made possible by support from the presenting sponsor Rotary International and platinum sponsor Hagerty Consulting.

Gold sponsors included: Aptinyx; John J. Cahill, Inc.; Martin Investment Management LLC; Nature's Perspective Landscaping, Inc.; NorthShore University HealthSystem; Northwestern University; Segall, Bryant and Hamill; Sidley Austin LLP; and Whole Foods Market. 

Silver sponsors: Baird & Warner Evanston; Bramer Animal Hospital; Central Law Group PC; Dard Products; Evanston Capital Management; EvanstonHost, Inc.; Evanston Now; First Bank & Trust; Make It Better; Mather LifeWays; North Shore Community Bank & Trust Company, A Wintrust Community Bank; Ozinga Bros., Inc.; QuesTek Innovations LLC; Reed Smith LLP; Scott Byron & Co.; Specialty Premium Group; The Thomas Team: Mike & Lene Thomas, @properties; and Vinic Wine Company.

Bronze sponsors: Benvenuti and Stein; Roberts Architects and Construction; Soapie's Cleaners; and Swigert & Associates, Inc.

about the foundation

The Evanston Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.