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Save the Date! 
Sunday, July 8, 2018


Taste of


Please join us on July 8, 2018 from 4-7pm on the terrace of the magnificent Charles Gates Dawes House, home of the Evanston History Center, for delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from Evanston's trendiest restaurants - and wash it down with beverages from local breweries and wine shops.  More details coming soon!


This year's proceeds will support affordable housing projects and programs as well as ongoing philanthropic projects of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.  If you aren't able to attend, please make a generous donation.


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2018 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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2017 Participating Restaurants, Breweries and Wine Shops


Bon Vivant

$5,000 +



$2,500 - $4,999


Ruth D. Rosin




$1,000 - $2,499


$500 - $999


Kate collinson  

carlos gonzalez, LMT

Mike Merdinger




$100 - $499

harold bauer

Bruce Baumberger

Joan Borg

kathy tate-bradish

steve carlson

elaine clemens

Arnetra Gilliam-wharton, D.C.

ken green

chris joyce

Yves Lassere

leapfrog online

Jackie Mack

marisa naujokas

lesley peters

Peterson Appraisal

planet access company

Jean Saunders

Ann and John searles

Aleca Tesseris Sullivan

ann weatherhead


Sampling Sponsors



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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:


Alfonso Ponticelli & swing gitan

Alfonso Ponticelli, Chicago’s preeminent Gypsy jazz artist and recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts, leads his trio in lively renditions of Django Reinhardt favorites and original compositions.  Ponticelli plays each Wednesday from 9pm – 1am at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway in Chicago:

AJ Sacco

AJ Sacco, combines humor and close up sleight of hand.  AJ has been twice named the best magician in Chicago by the Chicago Reader: 

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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 Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple 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

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Please join us!