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Foundation raises $110,000 at Celebrate!Evanston benefit

Celebrate Evanston! co-chairs Julie Captain and Kim Perutz with Penelope Sachs

The Evanston Community Foundation reports it raised $110,000 at its annual Celebrate!Evanston benefit earlier this month.

The event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Woman's Club of Evanston, supported the mission of the foundation — helping Evanston thrive as a vibrant, inclusive and just community.

About 250 guests attended the event, including leaders of Evanston's business and non-profit community as well as elected officials.

Featured performers included jazz trio Handsome Salamander, and Mudlark Theater Company who presented a sketch spoofing "A Day in the Life of the Evanston Community Foundation."

Sharing the event hosting duties were Christian Farr of NBC 5 and Evanston Community Foundation Board Member Kevin Mott.

A heads-or-tails drawing featuring Evanston trivia questions started with 134 players, and ended with a face-off between Patrice Frey, wife of Evanston's City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, and eventual champion Jay Lytle, a former Evanston mayor.

An onstage interview with key partners in the recent ABC Boosters early literacy collaboration led into a paddle-raiser appeal yielding $50,000 to support the Foundation.

Co-chaired by Julie Captain and Kim Perutz, the event committee also included foundation board members Lisa Altenbernd, Julie Chernoff, Joan Gunzberg, Kevin Mott, and Anne Murdoch.

Leading sponsors of Celebrate!Evanston 2012 included Madison Dearborn Partners, McKinsey & Company, Hagerty Consulting, and Nimlok Company.

The foundation, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants and provides leadership training.

Top: Celebrate Evanston! 2012 co-chairs Julie Captain and Kim Perutz with ECF Board Chair Penelope Sachs. (Aparna Paul Jain photo)

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