The white gloves were icing on the cake at NEMC’s celebration of a century of Fortnightly dancing.Photo from North End Mothers’ Club

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Since 1917, Evanston middle-school students have donned white gloves and suit coats to learn the latest dance moves at the North End Mothers’ Club (NEMC) Fortnightly dance classes. 

At a fundraising gala on Nov. 3, 120 people put on their dancing shoes to celebrate Fortnightly’s 100th anniversary.

The event – which included a paddle raise, a raffle and plenty of dancing – raised nearly $20,000 to support NEMC’s philanthropic mission.

Founded in 1911, NEMC is one of Evanston’s oldest philanthropic organizations. Each year NEMC donates money raised primarily from the Fortnightly dance classes to organizations that provide services to Evanston’s children.

In 2017 the Club donated $30,000 to 20 organizations. Thanks to the success of the November fundraiser, in 2018 NEMC will be able to provide increased support to Evanston organizations.

In addition to community donations, NEMC funds four scholarships for ETHS seniors, including the NEMC Outstanding Senior Award.