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Evanston elected city officials, employees, business owners and others gathered at Northwestern University’s beachfront tonight to chat over a plethora of local food and drink.

From left to right: Northwestern University Police Chief Bruce Lewis, Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber and his wife Nancy Klaiber at the MashUp.

Evanston elected city officials, employees, business owners and others gathered at Northwestern University’s beachfront tonight to chat over a plethora of local food and drink. 

The 4th annual MashUp, an event hosted by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce in partnership with NU and the city, is designed to bring together representatives from city government, local businesses, the arts, education and non-profit sectors. 

Evanston Township High School cheerleaders cheer on guests at the 4th annual Evanston MashUp Tuesday night.

From left to right: Alcott Czubek, Robert Passage, Debbie Mack, Joe Piranino and Guy Harrington of Pivot Point International at the 4th annual Evanston MashUp Tuesday night.

“It’s an opportunity to meet other business leaders in an informal setting to share ideas and potential opportunities to partner, and really to enjoy each other’s company,” said Alcott Czubek, Academy Director at Pivot Point International, one of the sponsors of the event.

Former Evanston Mayor Lorrain Morton and longtime resident Byron Wilson at the 4th annual Evanston MashUp Tuesday night.

Former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton said she believed the annual event gives local leaders a “chance to come and intermingle, and that’s good for them.”

Executive Director of Curt’s Cafe Susan Trieschmann receives the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award at the 4th annual Evanston MashUp Tuesday night.

Several awards were prestented at the event, including the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award. The award is named after the late senior vice president of Pivot Point International and one of the founders of MashUp. Susan Trieschmann, Executive Director of Curt’s Cafe, too home the award for her work providing food service training to at-risk youth in Evanston. 

Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services was presented with the Catalyst Award, which is given annually to an individual or organization that works to improve the quality of life in the city and its relationship with NU.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation at Northwestern University present the Catalyst Award at the 4th annual Evanston MashUp Tuesday night.

“They change lives and make us all feel safer and happier,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said of the department.

Executive Director of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce Elaine Kemna-Irish and Dick Peach, President of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, presented awards for best salads to Celtic Knot Public House, Illinois Nut & Candy and The Cellar at the Stained Glass. Awards for best burgers were given to Edzo’s Burger Shop, JT’s Bar and Grill and Bat 17.

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