Evanston Community Foundation hosts its annual Celebrate!Evanston benefit on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.

The theme for this year’s benefit is the “Bounty of Evanston”. The evening will feature a fall-themed dessert contest, a theatrical parody of the “Wizard of Oz” featuring local celebrities and an Evanston trivia game.

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“Evanston is a resource rich community,” said co-chair Lisa Altenbernd. “The goal of this benefit is to be able to extend the bounty to all parts of Evanston. The money raised at Celebrate!Evanston 2014 will help the Evanston Community Foundation with its mission to thrive now and forever as a just, inclusive and vibrant community.”

Tickets to the Celebrate!Evanston benefit begin at $150. Reservations are requested by Oct. 8. For tickets and information visit or call 847-492-0990.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Celebrate!Evanston…in Wilmette?

    Is there no place in Evanston to Celebrate!Evanston?  They have to go to Wilmette?

    What does that say about us as a city that a fundraiser to celebrate our city can't even be held here?  To me, it's rather odd.

    1. out of towners

      Kind of just as strange as Evanston Subaru located in Skokie!…can't quite figure out that one.

  2. Venue Fail

    Why oh why would you host a Celebrate Evanston event in WILMETTE? Especially a fundraiser?

    Why not host the event in one of the many restaurants that Evanston has given loans or tax breaks to? 

    Not only is this illogical, it's a giant PR fail. 

    1. Probably NIMBY groups were afraid of riots

      Evanston areas probably thought there would be much drinking and an orgy and wanted to keep all the rabble rousers out of their neighborhood.  After all Evanston supporters are not the kind of people they want around. They probably want Evanston to be a Brigadoon—known to exist [but for how long] but never seen or visited by outsiders.

  3. Wow

    The Evanston Community Foundation is going to celebrate Evanston in Wilmette? That's embarassing.

    How many more non-profits does Evanston need with a population of 75,000 people? Doesn't Evanston get like $2 million each year in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as an entitlement community of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)?

    The Evanston city council doles out the money to non-profits? I wonder how many Evanston non-profits designed to "help the community" there are? 

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