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celebrating growing stronger together

September 17, 2015

Evanston Community Foundation hosts its annual Celebrate!Evanston benefit on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster Street.

The evening will feature musical performances, desserts from local bakeries and restaurants, and a non-traditional live auction. Program emcees are spouses and dueling news broadcasters Karen Jordan of ABC 7 and Christian Farr of NBC 5 Chicago.

celebrating our community's growth

"As the Evanston Community Foundation has grown over the years, we have helped local organizations grow and achieve their missions," said co-chair Gene Servillo. "The annual fundraiser is a wonderful way to come together and celebrate our community's growth with friends and colleagues, but also a powerful way to raise funds that will enable the Foundation help Evanston even more in the future." Funds raised at Celebrate!Evanston 2015 will support the Evanston Community Foundation's mission to help Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive and just community.

festive evening

The benefit begins at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the opportunity to sign up for future private parties including a Fiesta dinner party, a culinary adventure into "Italian Soul Food", a behind the scenes experience at Evanston's Temperance Beer Company, and more!

A three-course dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a nontraditional centerpiece auction. Featured entertainment is a musical revue performed by Evanstonians Julie Chernoff (ECF Board of Directors and Dining Editor of Make It Better), Grayson Heyl (of Light Opera Works) Matthew Hunter (Evanston/Skokie School District 65 educator), and Patrick Keenan-Devlin (Deputy Director of James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy).

Tickets to the Celebrate!Evanston benefit begin at $175. Reservations are requested by September 25.

benefit committee

Co-chairs: Judy Kemp and Gene Servillo
Judith Aiello-Fantus, Lun Ye Crim Barefield, Diana Cohen, John Cunningham, Diana Gourguechon, Joan Gunzberg, Pete Henderson, Kevin Mott, Patty Reece, and Keith Terry.

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $20 million, 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