Evanston’s North End Mothers’ Club capped its 2011 Centennial year by donating over $50,000 to Evanston youth focused organizations and to the City of Evanston. Community organizations receiving contributions included: ETHS After Midnight, Evanston Community Foundation-Community Kindergarten Readiness, Evanston Fourth of July Association, Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESCCA), McGaw YMCA, Kids and School Supplies (KASS), Child Care Center of Evanston, Cherry Preschool Inclusion Program, Evanston YWCA Women’s Shelter, Infant Welfare Society, Evanston In School Music Association (EISMA), and Mitchell Indian Museum-Children’s Programming. The Club is currently working with representatives from the City of Evanston Department of Parks and Recreation on plans to refurbish a Tot Lot at one of Evanston’s public parks. Work on the Tot Lot will be completed in the Spring of 2012. “Thanks to a Centennial year fund-raising campaign, and the continued success of our major fundraiser, the Fortnightly dance classes, we were able to almost double the amount of our contributions to the community as compared to 2010.” said Karin Ruetzel North End Mothers’ Club Policy Chair.

As part of its Centennial celebration the Club also established a fourth scholarship to be given to an ETHS senior beginning in 2012. Long-standing scholarships awarded by the North End Mothers’ Club include the Senior Girl’s Honor Award, the Joanne Murphy Trautwein Music Award and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Award. Based on input from ETHS, a second STEM Award will be added. “We are thrilled to be able to support a fourth scholarship,” commented Susan Roche, Scholarship Chair “and the focus of the STEM Award is so important for students in today’s environment.”

The North End Mother’s Club, founded in 1911, is a group of women from throughout Evanston who are interested in supporting Evanston’s youth. Our purpose is to promote and advance educational, charitable, civic, health and welfare activities in Evanston and support and assist organizations dedicated to these purposes. To learn more about the Club go to www.northendmothersclub.org