First row, left to right, Moran Center Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Moran Center Board Member Jennifer Moran, Moran Center Board Chair Betsy Lehman, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Moran Center Board Member Marea Brichta, and Moran Center Board Member Jon Samuels.Photo from the Moran Center

Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, co-authors of the graphic novel series “March,” gave a keynote presentation to 300 guests at the Justice in Action Benefit last month. The gala celebrated the Moran Center’s mission of providing Evanston youth and their families with integrated legal and social work services to improve their quality of life at home, at school, and within the community.

At the benefit, the Moran Center for Youth Advocacy presented Congressman Lewis and Mr. Aydin with Justice from Lighthouse Legacy Awards.

Proceeds from the Moran Center’s benefit support its efforts to provide low-income Evanston youth and their families with the support to successfully emerge from a challenging legal situation, the tools to make positive life choices, and the ability to thrive in the local community as productive citizens.

This year, the benefit raised more than $100,000.

The Moran Center, established 40 years ago, provides free integrated legal and social work services to more than 1,400 Evanston youth and their families every year.