“My 65” attendees were treated to spoken word performances by District 65 middle school students Aiden Goodman (Chute), Indira Abraham (Haven), Jasmine Dreller (King Arts), pictured here with Kevin Coval, poet, author, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

More than 300 people from across Evanston and Skokie came out to support Foundation 65’s “My 65” benefit on Jan. 27, raising more than $125,000, exceeding fundraising goals, and allowing more support for all District 65 schools.

The highlights of the evening included a spoken-word performance by three District 65 middle school students Jasmine Dreller, Aiden Goodman, and Indira Abraham  and a presentation by Kevin Coval, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors.