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Foundation 65 will hold its annual My 65 Benefit will be held Friday January 20th 2012 at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston. 

The benefit is an annual event that raises funds to support the Foundation’s programs throughout District 65 schools.  Last year’s event had a sellout crowd of 400 and raised over $76,000.  This year, Foundation 65 expects to sell out again. 

“The Foundation is extremely grateful to our event sponsors,” said Lise Jinno, Foundation 65’s Executive Director.  “Thanks to the leadership of the Lewis Sebring Family Foundation, Northwestern University and Lathrop & Gage, we expect to raise even more money this year and enhance our support for education in Evanston.” 

The event will have raffle packages that include sports and theater tickets, dinners and spa treatments as well as creation of an art project with Superintendent Dr. Murphy and Mayor Tisdahl and a week at a five bedroom villa in Turks & Caicos.  

Funds raised will support Foundation 65 arts and literacy programs and reach students throughout District 65 – these programs include:

  • Advancing Literacy for ALL will increase students’ ability to read and understand complex science and social studies texts and better prepare students for the challenge of successful learning in high school.  
  • Engage! Art, Literacy and Civic Participation will use art as a springboard to self-expression and community participation for middle school students by engaging them in community service projects relating to issues of violence, respect, and kindness.
  • Family Author Experience works to create a shared family and school-wide experience through an author visit and school-based activities related to the visit.  Having reached all other District 65 schools in the last two years, Lincolnwood, Kingsley, Orrington, Willard, Haven and Bessie Rhodes will host author and photographer Nic Bishop this year.
  • Kindergarten Literacy Education at Play (Kindergarten LEAP) uses innovative play scenarios to address early literacy skill building and community and social interaction.  Foundation 65 is supporting this project in 12 District 65 schools.
  • Kindergarten Library Tours provides funding for all District 65 Kindergarteners to visit the Evanston Public Library and get a library card, introducing these emergent readers to this wonderful community resource.
  • Summer Reading Program provides books to first grade students who received supplementary reading support in first grade.  Research has shown students can lose from one to three months of reading achievement over the summer and by keeping these struggling readers engaged in reading, they are able to maintain the reading growth they attained during the school year.    

For more information, to buy tickets for the event and/or purchase raffle tickets please go to Foundation 65’s website – www.foundation65.org  

Foundation 65 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises and grants funds for literacy and arts projects that expand, enrich, and complement educational opportunities for the students, staff, and community in Evanston-Skokie District 65.  Foundation 65 is an independent operating foundation with its own volunteer board and funds.  Since 2003, Foundation 65 has invested over $700,000 in more than 55 projects and programs making an impact at every school in the District.