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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Evanston spend a good deal of their time on their annual BKG golf tournament which funds the nearly $30,000 in grants to Evanston children and teens organizations.  

This year the pandemic scuttled those plans, so the club, like so many organizations, had to make some dramatic changes.  The original event is named for the late Bruce K. Goodman, a long-time member of the club, a successful businessman on a string of corporate boards…and an avid golfer.

Kiwanis president Jim Wolinski suggested a raffle, which allowed members and friends to ‘shelter in place’ and still have fun.  Thanks to the generosity of several businesses, Byline Bank, Evanston Community Bank, Hagerty Consulting, DiGuilo Kitchen Design and gifts from another group, i.e. the Celtic Knot, Lemoi Hardware, Bennison’s Bakery, Gigio’s and the ETHS Alumni Association, to name a few, the raffle was a huge success, netting more than $13,000.   The outing was also aided by substantial gifts from the Goodman family and Carole Levy, wife of the late Joseph Levy.  Both men were friends and Kiwanis members.

Major raffle winner was Walter Hallen III, who captured both first and third prizes totaling more than $1,000.   Ironically, since the raffle is usually conducted during the golf tournament, this is the third time that the winner has won more than once in the same raffle.

Mr. Wolinski said, “We are so pleased that the success of the event will enable to continue our grants to 38 local organizations, and several grants to ETHS in athletics, Fine Arts and scholarships.    And he added, “We were very lucky, as it turned out the original date of the golf tournament was a day of thunder, lightning and heavy rains.”