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Evanston’s city government acknowledged two donations Monday night from local groups — one for a youth jobs program, the other for a new bus to serve senior citizens.

Members of the “Evanston Own It” initiative donated all of the proceeds from the group’s June 19 choir concert, “Evanston Sings,” totaling $13,500, to the city’s Youth & Youth Adult Division to help fund next year’s Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

The donation was presented at Monday’s City Council meeting by organizers including Pastor Zollie Webb of Friendship Baptist Church, Pastor Clifford Wilson of Mount Pisgah Ministry and the Rev.Patricia A. Efiom of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Aldermen also approved plans to purchase a new 22-passenger bus for the Levy Senior Center for $57,701 with half the funds coming from a donation from the Levy Senior Center Foundation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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