Foundation 65 presents its annual My65 fundraiser Friday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Smylie Brothers in Evanston.
Foundation 65 has supported the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 for almost 25 years through its grantmaking focused on arts and literacy. With new Board President Keith Robinson and new Executive Director Alecia Wartowski the Foundation looks to build upon its previous work around arts and literacy with an equity lens.
With Foundation 65 support, students and educators are given tools to succeed and incubate new ideas.
Rising second graders receive literacy support and free books so they don’t experience summer learning loss. Over 90 percent of students participating in Foundation 65 summer reading programs maintain or improve their reading levels.
\Educators are able implement innovative ideas - from the Evanston Speaks spoken word program to a Chute Equity Concert featuring a piece composed and performed by Chute middle school students. Authors and illustrators are brought to classrooms, including R. Gregory Christie, Don Tate, and many others. The Foundation focuses on targeted grants to create impact in the lives of District 65 students.
Friday’s benefit will help to raise a substantial amount of the Foundation’s grantmaking funds, but with an increased focus on equity. Admission includes an open beer and wine bar, extensive food from Smylie Brothers, a DJ, and a spoken word performance by District 65 middle school students. Tickets are availalbe online at foundation65.org or at the door.