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3/21/2018 3:53:00 PM
NU Dance Marathon Raises More Than $1.1 Million

Exhausted and emotional after 30 hours of dancing, more than 1,000 undergraduate students who had just completed the final hour of the 44th annual NU Dance Marathon stood in suspense as members of the executive committee announced the total funds raised through their collective efforts.

Holding a large board, Northwestern University Dance Marathon’s finance committee revealed that the student philanthropists had successfully raised $1,175,709. The cash and in-kind donations for Cradles to Crayons will provide kids with the essentials they need, free of charge, so they can thrive at home, school, and play.

Cradles to Crayons will receive 90% of the net proceeds and Evanston Community Foundation will receive 10%.

The year-long effort required students to solicit pledges and sponsors, staff a phone bank, go “canning” on street corners, plan an online auction, and organize a 5K and 10K run. It concluded with the high-energy test of endurance and generosity that is Dance Marathon, which began at 7 p.m. on March 9 and concluded at 1 a.m. on March 11 at Norris University Center.

The funds will help Cradles to Crayons benefit local children by expanding the non-profit’s presence in the Chicagoland area. With the help of the Dance Marathon’s secondary beneficiary, the Evanston Community Foundation, Cradles to Crayons will expand into Evanston, leaving lasting impact in Northwestern’s backyard. NUDM also hopes to increase Cradles to Crayons’ capacity to fulfill its community requests, doubling the number of children they can serve.

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2018
Comment by: Charapin Pongtornpipat

“ Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum - Celebrating 131 Years +1” Exhibition will be held at Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 927 Noyes Street in Evanston during April 6 -May 18. There will be a RECEPTION on FRIDAY April 6, 2018, 5-7pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Featured are current members’ works and a timeline of the Forum’s significant role in the history of photography.

For more information please email or visit www.chicagophotoforum. org.

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum traces its history back to the founding of the Chicago Lantern Slide Club in 1886 which has evolved through a number of transitions to become the organization that exists today. For 132 years, this succession of clubs has fostered the art and craft of photography through lectures, hands-on workshops, outings, discussions, competitions, and exhibitions. The exhibition this April continues and celebrates this proud tradition.

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum was influential in the movement of pictorialism, the approach to photography that emphasizes the beauty of subject matter, tonality and composition as opposed to the documentation of reality. This style was prominent during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Past president Dr. Max Thorek was a proponent of this movement. He also co-founded the Photographic Society of America.

Over the years, some of the world's renowned and influential photographers have been involved with events at Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum and its predecessor clubs. These include Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Margaret Bourke-White, Yousuf Karsh, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Jay Maisel and Pulitzer prize winners John White and Ovie Carter.

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum holds regular meetings on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM. Meetings include hands-on workshops, discussions, lectures and competitions. The Forum is located at 47 West Polk Street, Mezzanine Room 7. Meetings are open to the public.

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