Three hundred guests attended Evanston Community Foundation’s sold-out Celebrate!Evanston benefit on Oct. 26 at the Levy Senior Center. The event, which paid homage to the City of Evanston’s 150th anniversary, grossed more than $221,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission of helping Evanston thrive as a vibrant, inclusive and just community. Highlights of the event were a birthday cake-decorating contest and a stage skit titled “It’s a Wonderful (Life) Evanston” featuring famous Evanstonians.

In the photo above, left to right, cast members in “It’s a Wonderful (Life) Evanston” are U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (Evanston), Shawn Pfautsch (Chicago), Hecky Powell, owner of Hecky’s restaurant (Evanston), Managing Director First Bank & Trust (Evanston) Jay Lytle and Superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 202 Eric Witherspoon.                            Photo by Jill Brazel