Police Chief Richard Eddington, left, and Fire Chief Greg Klaiber, right, chat with Robert Eder, chair of the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation advisory committee, who chaired "lunch with the chiefs" at Prarie Moon on Nov. 10

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The operational budgets of the Evanston Fire and Police Departments do not leave very much room for special projects or initiatives. Nevertheless, Fire Chief Greg Klaiber and Police Chief Richard Eddington have plenty of idea for projects. With that in mind, the City founded the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation earlier this year.

The foundation, the idea of City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and begun with the Chiefs’ cooperation and input earlier this year, seeks “supplemental resources” from the community and City businesses to be used in furtherance of four goals: supporting excellence in service; equipment and advanced technology; community outreach and strategic partnerships; and special projects or programs.

The Foundation held its first “Chiefs’ Luncheon” fundraiser on Nov. 10 at Prairie Moon restaurant. The luncheon honored two Evanston residents, Alden Cohen and Michael Perlman, with “Spirit of Service” awards, recognizing their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Fire and Police departments.

The Evanston Police and Fire Foundation was created to provide the Evanston Police and Fire Departments with the supplemental resources needed to enhance the quality of life of all Evanston residents and community members. To fulfill this mission, the EPFF has identified four core program priorities: supporting excellence in service; equipment and advance technology; community outreach and strategic partnerships and special projects/programs.