“Growing Stronger Together” is the theme of the Evanston Community Foundation’s annual Celebrate!Evanston benefit on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Evanston Golf Club.

The evening will feature musical performances, desserts from local bakeries and restaurants, and a non-traditional live auction. Program emcees are spouses and dueling news broadcasters Karen Jordan of ABC 7 and Christian Farr of NBC 5 Chicago.

“As the Evanston Community Foundation has grown over the years, we have helped local organizations grow and achieve their missions,” said co-chair Gene Servillo.

“The annual fundraiser is a wonderful way to come together and celebrate our community’s growth with friends and colleagues, but also a powerful way to raise funds that will enable the Foundation to help Evanston even more in the future.”

Funds raised at Celebrate!Evanston 2015 will support the Evanston Community Foundation’s mission to help Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive and just community.


The benefit begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to sign up for future private parties including a Fiesta dinner party, a culinary adventure into “Italian Soul Food,”  a behind-the-scenes experience at  Evanston’s Temperance Beer Company, and more.

A three-course dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a nontraditional centerpiece auction. Featured entertainment is a musical revue performed by Evanstonians Julie Chernoff (ECF Board of Directors and Dining Editor of Make It Better), Grayson Heyl (of Light Opera Works) Matthew Hunter (Evanston/Skokie School District 65 educator), and Patrick Keenan-Devlin (Deputy Director of James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy).

Tickets to the Celebrate!Evanston benefit begin at $175.  Reservations are requested by September 25. For tickets and information, visit the organization’s website or call (847) 492-0990.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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