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FIFTH Annual

Taste of
Evanston

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 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 who 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 NOW, as we sold out last year.  And for those who cannot join us this year, we hope that you will make a donation towards our cause and help expand affordable housing.

 
 

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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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2019 Restaurants, Wine Shops and Breweries

2019 SPONSORS

Connoisseur

$5,000 +

 

Epicure

$2,500 - $4,999

 

Gourmet

$1,000 - $2,499

Foodie

$500 - $999

 

Contributors

 

$100 - $499

harold bauer

Bruce Baumberger

joan borg

kathy tate-bradish

steve carlson

Elaine clemens

Kate Collinson

Arnetra Gilliam-Wharton, D.C. - Evanston integrative chiropractic center

Holly Halliday

Chris and joy joyce

Horton Kellog

greg Klaiber

Charlotta Koppanyi

Yves Lassere

marisa naujokas

helen oloroso

lesley peters

Gary peterson

susan prout

John and ann Searles

ilana seligman

ann weatherhead

 

Media Sponsors

 

 

Featuring

 

Emcee

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Maudlyne Ihejirika

Maudlyne Ihejirika is an award-winning, Chicago Sun-Times Urban Affairs Columnist with 30 years experience in journalism, public relations and government. She pens the Sun-Times "Chicago Chronicles," long-form columns on "people and places that make Chicago tick." She is the author of "Escape From Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War," a riveting tale of her family's survival of the brutal Nigerian-Biafran War.  She is president of the Chicago Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago, with myriad honors including the prestigious Studs Terkel Award. She is a sought after public speaker; a TV & Radio news commentator with appearances on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS and NPR; and a frequent guest contributor on WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight: Week In Review" and FOX32’s "Good Day Chicago." Follow her at @Maudlynei on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. https://chicago.suntimes.com/author/mihejirikacst/

 
 

charles matthews, jr.

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Charles Matthews Jr. has toured the world as keyboardist and musical director for many R&B royalties including Jerry Butler; Angela Charles & Windsong; The Impressions; Lloyd Price; Gene Chandler; The Chi-Lites; Tyrone Davis; Shirley Jones and the Jones Girls; and many more.

 

Jimmy Mac Music

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Jimmy Mac is an exciting performer, full of genuine warmth and charm; a one man band with an extensive repertoire of rock and roll classics.

 
 
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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!