Evanston Cotillion attendeesPhoto from Cotillion Board

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The Evanston Cotillion Board, a local philanthropic organization composed of 20 local junior and senior girls attending Evanston Township High School, held its 60th annual dance and fundraiser on Jan. 24 at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie.

This year’s event generated $12,000 for the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Domestic Violence Services. Kristen White, chief operating officer of the Evanston/North Shore YWCA, thanked the attendees for their generosity in helping to address the problem of domestic violence and in meeting the needs within their own community.

Longtime Evanston jeweler and local businessman Christopher Duquet designed and donated a special necklace set with diamonds in a “star” motif to commemorate the 60th Cotillion celebration.

The necklace, valued at more than $1,000, was offered as the top raffle item. “The star is the timeless symbol of hope and guidance for the generations. May it be a special reminder of this wonderful event and the faith we have in our future leaders,” said Mr. Duquet.