Librarians came out in support of Foundation 65. Clockwise from top left: Kefira Philippe (Nichols Middle School), Laura Antolin (Evanston Public Library), Rebecca Borree (Dewey Elementary School), Tracy Hubbard (Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies), Christine Skoglund (Willard Elementary School), and Amy Odwarka (Haven Middle School).Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

More than 350 people from across Evanston and Skokie came out to support Foundation 65’s My 65 Benefit on Jan. 30 at Smylie Brothers Brewing Company on Oak Avenue. Foundation 65 raised more than $100,000, exceeding fundraising goals and allowing more support for all District 65 schools.

“We are thrilled, not only that we have exceeded our fundraising goal, but that parents and friends representing every school in District 65 and from across the community came out to support us,” said Lise Jinno, Foundation 65’s executive director. “We
are extremely grateful for the support of all our sponsors and in-kind donors, especially our title sponsor, Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker and Tawani Foundation.”

It was a fun night of music and dancing, all in support of Foundation 65’s Family Author Program, which brings an acclaimed author to D65 schools each year. The highlight of the evening was a video about the program and how it impacts the lives of children, produced by Glader Filmworks.