The Evanston Chamber of Commerce has extended the deadline to Wednesday to submit nominations for its annual Spirit of Evanston Award.

The award honors an individual in the Evanston community who embodies the complex mix of qualities that is our city: courage, vision, compassion, and creativity. It will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the MashUp, an annual event co-sponsored by the chamber, the city and Northwestern University on the lakefront.

In 2012, the award was renamed the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award in honor of one of Evanston’s business and philanthropic leaders and founder of the MashUp.

Past award winners include:

  • 2015 – Robert and Patty Reece, life-long Evanstonians, Bob was the first African-American to serve as president of the Board of Directors of the McGaw YMCA and has also been involved with the Fellowship of Afro-American Men youth basketball league for nearly 40 years. Patty, a retired District 65 teacher, serves on the Evanston Community Foundation Board and has coordinated the FAAM essay contest for more than 20 years. Almost 25 years ago Patty and Bob were also founding members of the Warren “Billy” Cherry Scholarship Fund.
  • 2014 – Dick Peach, “Mr. Evanston” and General Manager of Dempster Auto Rebuilders, volunteers his time with countless Evanston organizations such as the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Environmental Association, and the Rotary Club of Evanston.
  • 2013 – Susan Trieschmann, founder of Curt’s Café, a place where young people are served up not only hands-on experience in food service, but also receive good portions of hope and opportunity.
  • 2012 – Corrine Passage, who co-founded the MashUp and served as the Senior Vice President of Production and Systems Development at Pivot Point International. Passage was also the driving force behind Pivot Point Cares for Kids, which has raised over $1 million for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • 2011 – Dan Coyne, Evanston resident and Chicago Public School social worker, who donated a kidney to his local Jewel-Osco cashier.

This year’s award winner will be an individual who:

  • Has positively contributed to the Evanston community through his or her career, philanthropy, or direct service.
  • Embodies the courageous, complex, compassionate, connecting, creative, compelling, and visionary spirit of Evanston.
  • Lives in Evanston

Nominations should be emailed to Jessica VandenBergh at by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. In less than 300 words they should explain:

  • How the nominee embodies the courageous, complex, compassionate, connecting, creative, compelling, and visionary spirit of Evanston.
  • What the nominee has done in his or her career, philanthropic work, or direct service that has positively impacted the Evanston community.
  • Who has benefited from the nominee’s work.

Please be sure to include both the nominee’s and your full name, phone number, and email address.

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