Organizers say they expect about 400 people to gather under the stars on the Northwestern University lakefront Wednesday night for food, music and conversation at the third annual Evanston MashUp business networking event.

Business owners, city and university officials and “Evanston champions” are expected at the gathering on the beach behind the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion which will feature presentation of the Catalyst Award to the university’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships for its efforts promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Evanston.

In addition, the Spirit of Evanston award will be renamed this year for Corine Passage, one of Evanston’s business and philanthropic leaders and a MashUp founder, who died earlier this year.

Passage was Pivot Point International’s senior vice president of production and systems development and was the driving force behind “Pivot Point Cares for Kids.” The programhas raised more than $1 million since 1997 for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) through Cut-A-Thons performed by Pivot Point beauty students.

Chairs of the MashUp are Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting, Patrick Hughes Jr. of Inclusions Solutions, Lucile Krasnow of Northwestern University and Johanna Nyden of the City of Evanston.

The event will feature Actor’s Gymnasium performers and live music provided by SPACE, as well as taste of Evanston offerings from over 25 of the city’s restaurants and bakeries.

Tickets are $125. Reservations can be made through the MashUp website at

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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