The Levy Senior Center Foundation will hold a fundraising event Sept. 19 to raise money to purchase a new bus to transport older adults to events, shopping trips and special senior-focused excursions.
The “Get On The Bus!” fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the center and will feature family-oriented entertainment including a band and dancing,
silent auction, themed mini-golf, wine, special guests, food trucks and games.
Evanston-area businesses and organizations, including Northwestern University, Whole Foods and First Bank & Trust have joined the foundation as
event sponsors through donations of cash, goods and services.
The goal is to generate $30,000, one half the cost of an all-new bus that will be dedicated to serving Evanston-area older adults. The event represents the Foundation’s most significant fundraising activity of the year.
“Our current bus is more than 15 years old and is in great need of replacement,” said Judy Newton, event chairperson and Foundation board member. “We are thrilled that The City of Evanston has agreed to match the Foundation – dollar-for-dollar – in our quest to acquire a new 22 passenger bus – estimated to cost $60,000.”
The event is being held in honor and remembrance of Dennis Newton, a longtime Evanston resident and supporter of the Levy Center.
Tickets to the event are $50 and can be ordered in advance by calling the Levy Center at 847-448-8293 or by mail to the Levy Center, Attn. Leslie Wilson, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston IL 60202. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Levy Senior Center, managed by the City of Evanston, has served the needs of Evanston area seniors since 1971, providing recreation, fitness programs, health services and general support to thousands of area seniors.
It is one of only three senior centers in Illinois to have earned National Senior Center Accreditation. Nationally, there are about 11,000 senior centers of which about 200 are accredited.
Through generous donations from private citizens, Levy Center members and area businesses, The non-profit Levy Senior Center Foundation has provided funding for fitness equipment, chairs and furniture, classroom equipment and much more.
“The Levy Center is well-known throughout Evanston, yet the Foundation that helps to support it is not,” said Joan Hickman, the foundation’s chair. “For more than 25 years, the Levy Senior Center Foundation has been dedicated to making life better for older adults throughout the Evanston community.”