Woman’s Club of Evanston Hosts Contributions to Our Community Breakfast

Evanston, Illinois -- May 28, 2014

  • On May 28th, The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) hosted a breakfast to honor 32 local, non-profit organizations designated as recipients of over $300,000 raised by the Club.  This year marked the Club’s 125th anniversary of its founding and 125 years of service to the community.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy received over $130,000, representing the proceeds of the 2014 Woman’s Club Benefit Show, The Lady Bunch, produced by Jessica Hornsten.  

Evanston Scholars received over $120,000, raised through the WCE’s 2014 Spring Benefit, chaired by Beth Geiger and Anne Gilford.  

In addition, nearly $50,000 was distributed in the form of small grants ($700 – 4,500 each) to the following thirty organizations:   

Beyond the Baby Blues

Casa Central

Childcare Network of Evanston

Connections for the Homeless


Evanston Children’s Choir

Evanston Symphony Orchestra

Family Matters

Have Dreams (Helping Autistic Voices Emerge)

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

Howard Area Community Center

Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE)

Interfaith Action of Evanston

Karen Dove Cabral Foundation

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND)


Literature for All of Us

North Shore Senior Center

North Shore Village

Our Place of New Trier Township

Peer Health Exchange (PHE)

PEER Services

The Recyclery Collective


Senior Connections

The Ted Fund

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center

Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella)


Also at the breakfast, WCE Charitable Foundation President, Tamara McKnight, presented the Foundation scholarships, announcing the recipients of the ETHS Service awards that the Charitable Foundation funds in honor of Linda Wade: ETHS senior students Evan Armacost and Corey Holt.   The Charitable Foundation also presented grants to support emergency early childhood education scholarships at the Child Care Center of Evanston and Evanston Day Nursery.

Finally, Contributions Chair, Leigh Anna Reichenbach, announced the three designated beneficiaries for next year’s WCE funding cycle:  

The Lilac Tree will utilize funds raised by the 2015 WCE Benefit Show to establish a formal Scholarship Fund enabling low-income women to have broad access to the organization’s support and resources for divorcing women.   

The Harbour will utilize funds raised by the 2015 WCE Spring Benefit to support the Safe Harbour Emergency Shelter for Homeless Youth, the North Shore’s only program providing stable, short-term housing for girls ages 12-21.  

Center for Independent Futures (CIF) was granted a one-time usage of the lovely WCE Clubhouse to host a special event celebrating the gifts and talents of the many CIF participants with disabilities and the broader CIF community of volunteers, board, and staff.  


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