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Evanston Chamber of Commerce 2023 Annual Awards
February 7 @ 5:30 PM$
On Tuesday, February 7, Evanston Chamber of Commerce will recognize four special honorees at the Chamber’s 2023 “Annual Awards” for their outstanding commitment to the Evanston business community in 2022:
Business Person of the Year – Amy Morton (LeTour, The Barn, Found)
Community Leader of the Year – Lisa Kaplan (Thryv)
Public Service Person of the Year – Peter Braithwaite (City of Evanston, Northwestern University)
Lifetime Service Award – Paul Fischl (Fischl Dental Associates)
The awards will be presented on Tuesday, February 7, at the Crystal Ballroom, 529 Davis Streetall, at a formal dinner that also serves as an annual fundraiser for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.
The Business Person of the Year award recognizes an individual who has achieved notable
business success in the past year positively impacting the entire Evanston business community.
This person demonstrates leadership and commitment to the greater community through active
engagement in events, meetings, advocacy, volunteerism, and participation in the Evanston
Chamber of Commerce.
Restauranteur Amy Morton, who Evanston Chamber is recognizing with the Business Person of
the Year award, had a big year in 2022 with the retirement of iconic Evanston farm-to-table
concept Found after a 10-year run, and the subsequent premier of Evanston’s highest profile
new restaurant, LeTour. The French-Moroccan inspired eatery opened in November and is
already generating a buzz, receiving acclaim from Time Out Chicago, Chicago Food Magazine,
TripAdvisor, Chicago Tribune, Eater, and more. Morton also owns The Barn Steakhouse in
Evanston, which will also be recognized at the event for being voted one of the best restaurants
out of 30 participating at the Chamber’s popular MashUp event in November.
The Community Leader of the Year award recognizes an individual who has actively
participated in making Evanston a better place for its residents and institutions through
engagement, innovation, leadership, volunteerism, recruitment, and/or partnership.
Lisa Kaplan, this year’s awardee is an Evanston resident and regular face at events around the
Evanston business community. A business advisor for Thryv, a business management software
platform, Kaplan is an expert-level networker and connector with a long track record of going
above and beyond to introduce individuals while volunteering for and supporting Evanston
organizations, including but not limited to the C&W Foundation food pantry, Evanston Made,
and Evanston Chamber of Commerce.
The Public Service Person of the Year / Not-For-Profit Person of the Year award recognizes an
individual in the public or not-for-profit sector who has distinguished themselves by working to
advance Evanston, generate awareness, respond to challenges, create new opportunities, and
enthusiastically represent Evanston and its local institutions.
Peter Braithwaite has a long history in the public spotlight in Evanston, where he
served as the 2nd Ward representative on City Council for 12 years. Braithwaite regularly acted
as a voice of reason and positive force for economic development and diversity & inclusion
initiatives while on City Council. After retiring from City Council in 2022, he stepped into a new
role at Northwestern University where he serves as Director of Procurement Diversity and
Community Engagement, a position that will strengthen ties between the Evanston business
community and the university. In addition to joining the Evanston Chamber’s Board of Directors
beginning in January of 2023, Braithwaite is highly involved as a volunteer and/or board
member of several other local organizations including Evanston Roundtable and The Chessmen
Club of the North Shore.
This year Evanston Chamber has chosen to honor an additional long-time member and
community leader for several decades of service to the Chamber and Evanston business
Paul Fischl of Fischl Dental Associates is rotating off the Evanston Chamber Board in January
2023 after serving the 2nd of two separate six-year terms on the Chamber Board of Directors.
Previously serving in the 1990s, Fischl began his most recent term on the Chamber board in
2017 and served as Chamber President in 2020.
Fischl Dental Associates has a long history with Evanston Chamber of Commerce, dating back
to the late 1950s, when Fischl’s father Richard Fischl initially started the family dental firm and
joined the Chamber, serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors around the time Paul became
a dentist and joined the practice in 1981.
“It’s really an honor to be recognized in front of so many people that I deeply respect,” said
Fischl, who added “My family has been dedicated to the Chamber and to many Evanston
organizations for 3 generations now. This place is very special to us.”
The Annual Awards dinner will take place on Tuesday, February 7, at 5:30 p.m. with dinner
beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom. The event will include a three-course meal,
grand raffle, and other festivities. Formerly known as the “Annual Celebration,” Evanston
Chamber’s Annual Awards celebrates those who have stepped up to the plate for the
Evanston business community during the past year.
Other business and individuals will be recognized throughout the evening, including
restaurants & eateries who were voted as the “Best of ChowDown at MashUp 2022” in
November, and Chamber member businesses that are celebrating milestone anniversaries
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event are still available at
Evanston Chamber of Commerce has a long history of recognizing individual award
winners for the “Business Person of the Year,” “Public Service Person of the Year,” and
“Community Leader of the Year as part of the Annual Celebration, dating back to at least
1993. A full list of past winners can be viewed at www.evchamber.com.
About Evanston Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1921, Evanston Chamber of Commerce is proud to be the voice of the Evanston business community. As a
501c6 not-for-profit business association, the Chamber provides programs, services, and leadership opportunities to help its
member-businesses thrive. Through the important work of a volunteer Board of Directors and various committees, and a
small staff, the Chamber provides networking opportunities, events, education, outreach, and support for Evanston
businesses and organizations investing in the Evanston community.
Our mission: to foster a competitive business climate and promote economic development by providing access to a broad
range of resources such as leadership, advocacy, networking, partnerships, and educational opportunities for the Evanston
Our vision: a prosperous, equitable, and welcoming environment in which all Evanston businesses, employees, residents,
and visitors thrive.
Our values: support for businesses of all sizes and backgrounds, anti-racism advocacy, diversity, inclusion, and respect for
all people & cultures.
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