The Ridgeville Cultural Development Foundation will hold its first fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, to help promote arts programs at the south Evanston park district.

A small group of Ridgeville Park District staff members and volunteers established the independent non-profit last spring.

Over the summer the foundation focused on Ridgeville’s summer concert and performance series that featured free, outdoor performances by several local musicians and theater companies.

Through the generous support of local businesses including: Whole Foods (South Location), St. Francis Hospital, Walgreens, The Copy Room, and First Bank and Trust, as well as a number of individual donors, the foundation was able to sponsor Ridgeville’s second annual Shakespeare in the Park, which took place the last two weekend in July.

The event saw large crowds turn out at the East Stage at Ridgeville Park to see members of the Arc Theatre Company perform Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. 

The Oct. 1 fundraiser will be held at the St. Nicholas Social Hall, 806 Ridge Ave., to coincide with Ridgeville’s Fall Frenzy and Bike the Ridge the next morning.  It will feature live entertainment, dancing, drinks, appetizers, silent auctions, raffles, and more.

The event is open to the public (ages 12 and up) and runs from 7 to 11p.m.  Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for students/children and can be purchased at the door or online at

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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