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Over 100 members of the Evanston community were on hand Wednesday for the seventh annual Evanston Volunteer Recognition Reception to celebrate the contributions volunteers make in the community.

Over 100 members of the Evanston community were on hand Wednesday for the seventh annual Evanston Volunteer Recognition Reception to celebrate the contributions volunteers make in the community.

The celebration, held at Northwestern University’s Norris Center, was sponsored by the university, Evanston Township High School, the Evanston Community Foundation and the City of Evanston.

The outstanding volunteers for 2011 include Evanston Township High School students Brianna Spencer, Darcy Miller and Savannah Turner; Northwestern University students Alice Feng, Rebecca Swan and Camille Taylor; and Evanston community members Misha Boutilier, Faith Albano, Liz Brieva, Geri Sizemore, Veronica Mendoza, and Cindi Schuneman.

Special recognition went to Judy Kemp to honor her many volunteer leadership roles, and especially her 17 years of service as the director of McGaw YMCA’s Brillianteen.

Burgwell Howard, NU’s dean of students; Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward; ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon, and Sara Schastok, president and CEO of the community foundation, presented the awards.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Evanston resident Megan Kashner, Executive Director, Eastern-Central Region, Taproot Foundation. Kashner encouraged those in attendance to learn more about pro-bono volunteerism as a valuable form of service that all individuals and businesses can support. 

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