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2019 Principal Beneficiaries

Event proceeds will benefit two local nonprofits whose mission aligns with affordable housing. Funds raised will help Connections for the Homeless, a non profit organization that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness to achieve stable housing AND Reba Place Development Corporation - developing safe, decent, and affordable housing that demonstrates how the diverse racial and cultural groups in Evanston can thrive together. Reba Place also sponsors and supports a range of affordable housing options-including modestly priced rental units, housing coops, and affordable condominiums.

 
 

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FIFTH Annual

Taste of
Evanston

Save the Date! Join us on July 14, 2019, for our fifth annual Taste of Evanston, brought to you by the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club. The event will be held between 4-7 PM on the east lawn of the magnificent Charles Gates Dawes House, home of the Evanston History Center, for delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  While you enjoy food and drink from over 40 of Evanston's trendiest restaurants, local breweries and wine shops you'll also be raising funds to help end homelessness!
 
The majority of this year's proceeds will support Connections for the Homeless, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families that are homeless or threatened with homelessness to achieve stable housing AND Reba Place Development Corporation - developing safe, decent, and affordable housing that demonstrates how the diverse racial and cultural groups in Evanston can thrive together. Reba Place also sponsors and supports a range of affordable housing options-including modestly priced rental units, housing coops, and affordable condominiums. Funds raised at the event will also support ongoing philanthropic projects of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.
 
Don’t wait to get your tickets!! Tickets are limited to the first 500 guests and it will likely sell out as in years past. This event will take place rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds.

Thank you in advance for joining us for the 5th Annual Taste of Evanston.  Please purchase your tickets as soon as they are NOW available, as we sold out last year.  And for those that cannot join us this year, we hope that you can make a donation towards our cause.

 
 

2018 Participating Restaurants, Breweries and Wine Shops

2019 SPONSORS

Connoisseur

$5,000 +

 
 

Epicure

$2,500 - $4,999

 
 
 

Gourmet

 

$1,000 - $2,499

Foodie

$500 - $999

 

Contributors

 

$100 - $499

 

 
 

Featuring...

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Vince Gerasole

Vince Gerasole, an award winning reporter and anchor for CBS 2 Chicago will emcee the event.  Gerasole has been honored for excellence in broadcast journalism throughout his career. In addition to receiving 14 Emmy Awards, he was named the Best Broadcast Reporter and Best Newswriter in the state by the Associated Press of Illinois, and he is a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Excellence in Broadcast Food Reporting:  chicago.cbslocal.com

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Charles Gates Dawes House


The 1895 Dawes House rests on a two-acre lakefront site. Designed in the French chateaux style, the three-and-a- half story mansion has twenty-five rooms, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and twelve fireplaces. Once home to the 30th Vice President of the United States, the Dawes House is a national Historic Landmark and home to the Evanston History Center.  Tours of the house will be available during the event. Click the following for directions here.

 
 
 
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The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club serves the needs of our local community and our brothers and sisters around the world.  Here’s what we are currently doing:

Community Service Projects

•   Repairing homes of low income elderly, disabled and families with children

•   Providing professional dental care for those in need

•   Supporting healthy breakfast programs for elementary school students

•   Funding job training programs

•   Supporting mental health care for our neighbors in need

•    Funding addiction treatment for young adults

•   Helping to provide legal services and advocacy for disconnected youth

•   Delivering meals for the homebound in Evanston

 

International Service Projects

•   Supporting ongoing work to eradicate Polio worldwide

•   Providing sustainable access to clean water and sanitation in Haiti

•   Supporting construction at a school for orphans in India

•   Funding safe sex education in rural communities in Kenya

•   Sponsoring doctor training for cleft surgery in the Philippines

•  Funding the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked children in Ghana

•   Providing solar power to a school in Uganda

•   Providing laparoscopic surgical equipment in Bolivia


The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club meets Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 am at the Rotary International building, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201, for breakfast and a speaker. Membership is open to service oriented residents and workers of the area.  Guests are welcome to attend the meetings.  To learn more about the club, its schedule of breakfast programs, and its charitable and service programs, visit www.evlrc.org.

 
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Please join us!