The Evanston Chamber of Commerce expects over 800 people to turn out for its MashUp 2023 event at the Autobarn Service Center on Wednesday evening, Nov. 8.

The 13th edition of the annual event will feature food from more than 40 North Shore restaurants, breweries and cafes.

At the event, the chamber will give its annual Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award to Evanston Now Publisher Bill Smith.

Smith, who founded Evanston Now in 2006, has continued to deliver the news to Evanston residents at a time when the local news business nationwide is under increasing financial pressure.

Passage, who died at age 50 in 2011, was an executive with Evanston-based Pivot Point International, as well as a philanthropic leader and a founder of the MashUp.

The chamber will present its Catalyst Award to Kellogg Cares Day, a program started in 2004 in which students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University participate in service projects in Evanston and the Chicago area.

The Catalyst Award is designed to highlight programs that bring the city and the university together.

The MashUp event this year will raise funds for the chamber and for four partner organizations — the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater, Bundled Blessings Diaper Bank, Evanston Latinos and Paws & Claws Rescue.

More information about the MashUp is available online.

Garrett Karp is executive director of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce

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