Submitted by IWSE

The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE) has announced its annual fundraising event will be a memorable Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, February 22 from 7 – 11 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago.  The evening will feature a New Orleans-inspired dinner menu, specialty cocktails, two live bands and a silent auction, all benefitting the IWSE mission to serve children, family and the community.

Guests of the 2020 IWSE Gala will be surrounded by colorful Mardi Gras masks and sparkling beads when the night kicks off to the sounds of The High Hat Second Line New Orleans Brass Band.  Crafthouse Cocktails’ signature drinks and Catered by Design’s full dinner buffet will provide a true taste of Mardi Gras, plus an enticing New Orleans vacation package will be up for auction.  Evanston’s own ultimate party dance band, Chicken Bone, will close out the night with dancing to funk, R&B and rock-n-roll tunes.

Tickets to the 2020 IWSE Gala are available for purchase online at  Individual tickets are $175. Early bird price is $150 before February 1.  Special Mardi Gras package tickets are $200 per person and include one specialty mask, beads and reserved seating.  To purchase tickets or more information, please visit, go to Events and click on 2020 IWSE Gala

Corporate sponsors for the 2020 IWSE Gala include Northwestern University, Ernst & Young, Romano Brothers, Heartcare Auto, Byline Bank., Cheryl Rholfs and Associates, Ltd. and Ward Manufacturing.  IWSE is grateful for their support.

Helping children and families thrive since 1913, the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE) serves Evanston and its surrounding communities with programs that nurture, support, and educate the whole family.  In addition to its two NAEYC-accredited childcare and early education facilities, it provides comprehensive parenting support and education through a family support programming that strengthens at-risk families by giving them the tools to be successful.  IWSE serve families of all socio-economic levels, no matter the level of need, so their children can enter kindergarten ready to learn. For more information please visit