Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl with Kevin Brown and John D'Angelo of the Skill Trades Program. Photo by Heidi Randhava

The seventh annual Evanston MashUp, co-captained by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, brought many Evanstonians under one big tent to honor the  Northwestern and Evanston Skilled Trades Training Program and Dawn Overend and Colonel Jennifer Pritzker of Tawani Enterprises and the Tawani Foundation.

 “A community that connects and knows each other has a high chance of doing well,” said one of the MashUp’s co-chairs, Patrick Hughes, owner of Inclusion Solutions. “We produced the MashUp to bring different circles of influence together and to just see what magic would happen.”

Coordinated by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, the MashUp features a “Taste of Evanston” with delectable bites and drinks from more than 30 of Evanston’s most popular eateries.

The Evanston/Northwestern Catalyst Award was presented to the Northwestern/Evanston Skilled Trades Training Program for its unique and extraordinary commitment to training and employing Evanston’s young adults. Its inaugural cohort in April of 2015 trained six young Evanstonians in Northwestern’s painting and carpentry divisions. All six of the trainees have since received full-time employment in stable careers, four of them hired at Northwestern. The next cohort of six is underway now, and they are working in the engineering and electrical divisions of the University. 

Col.  Pritzker and Ms. Overend were recognized with the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award. Their investment in Evanston is evidenced by their support of such organizations as the Evanston Art Center, Evanston Community Foundation, McGaw YMCA, The Mitchell Museum of American Art, Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) and many more.