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upcoming annual benefit to celebrate the Bounty of Evanston

September 19, 2014 | ECF Press Release

A festive evening is planned to celebrate The Bounty of Evanston on October 19.

This year's annual Celebrate!Evanston festivities will be held at the Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The evening features a fall-themed dessert contest, a stage parody highlighting the Foundation’s many contributions to Evanston, and a live auction. Proceeds support the Foundation's mission of helping Evanston thrive as a vibrant, inclusive and just community.

Evanston talents highlighted

The benefit begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, music, hors d'oeuvres and the unveiling of a passion fruit martini called "Vibrant Community". Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite fall bounty-inspired desserts prepared by Evanston’s finest bakeries and restaurants.

Guests will have the opportunity to sign up for future private parties including a special tour of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Fiesta dinner party, as well as behind the scenes culinary experiences at some of Evanston's most popular restaurants and businesses including Lupita's, Temperance Beer Company, and The Spice House.

A three-course dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m., preceded by the live auction. Featured auction items include a San Francisco getaway and a suite for 12 at a Chicago Blackhawks game. A highlight of the evening will be the stage parody The Wizard of EvanstOz performed by professional actors and featuring cameo appearances by leading Evanstonians including State Representative Robyn Gabel and other surprise guests.

Sharing the emceeing duties are NBC-5 Reporter/Fill-in-Anchor Christian Farr and ECF Board Member Kevin Mott. They will be assisted by members of the Northwestern University Dance Marathon Executive Board. The evening concludes with desserts prepared from the fall harvest dessert competition.


Last year’s sold-out fundraiser at the Levy Senior Center reached its capacity at 300 guests, prompting the move to a larger venue to accommodate ECF’s growing base of supporters. “Evanston is a resource rich community,” said co-chair Lisa Altenbernd. “The money raised at Celebrate!Evanston will help the Evanston Community Foundation in extending Evanston’s bounty.”

Celebrate!Evanston is made possible with support from corporate benefactor Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and platinum sponsors Hagerty Consulting and IRMCO.

Reservations are requested by October 8th. Tickets begin at $150 per person, and tables seating 8-10 can be reserved.

celebrate!evanston 2014 committee

Co-chairs: Lisa Altenbernd and Mary Finnegan
Julie Chernoff, Diana Gourguechon, Joan Gunzberg, Kevin Mott, Patty Reece, Penelope Sachs, Gene Servillo, Keith Terry

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of more than $19 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.