Evanston Community Foundation raises $335,000 at gala

Marissa Page, Assistant City Editor

The Evanston Community Foundation raised over $335,000 to support the city at their annual gala Oct. 8.

Nearly 300 ECF supporters turned out to the Celebrate!Evanston benefit at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster St. Executive board members from Dance Marathon, proceeds from which benefit ECF every year, greeted guests upon entry to the event. Celebrate!Evanston also featured a cocktail hour, several speeches from ECF board members and a musical revue written and performed by Evanston residents based upon the benefit’s theme, “Growing Stronger Together.”

Celebrate!Evanston also served to introduce ECF’s incoming CEO and president, Monique Brunson Jones. She will succeed current president and CEO Sara Schastok, who has held the position for 15 years.

“On the eve of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, I’m humbled to share this space with you and look forward to digging in deep and nurturing to work to another level of growth and promise,” Brunson Jones said in her address.

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