A tent under the stars, the sound of water lapping against the shore and conversations between business owners, city leaders, University officials, and Evanston champions...it must be time for the 3rd Annual Evanston MashUp! Coordinated by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, the popular food, music and fun event is scheduled to take place on September 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Northwestern's beautiful lakefront.
In addition to live music provided by SPACE, there will be a culinary taste of Evanston with offerings from Lulu’s, Bluestone Restaurant, Hecky’s Ribs, FEW Spirits and others, all for noshing while rubbing shoulders and exchanging ideas with business leaders, emerging entrepreneurs and civic stars. This year the winner of Evanston’s Burger War will be announced at the MashUp and you’ll get to see the MashUp Makeover, led by Pivot Point International, as well. Expect the unexpected at this event.
Co-captains for the event are the Mayor of Evanston- Elizabeth Tisdahl and the President of Northwestern University, Morton Schapiro. The Catalyst Award 2012 will be presented by Eugene Sunshine, Senior Vice President of Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Northwestern University and Mayor Tisdahl to a cutting-edge partnership promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Evanston—the Office of STEM Education Partnerships and its community partners. This award annually honors an individual, organization or business that creates jobs, makes Evanston more livable or advances the relationship between the university and the city. This year’s Spirit of Evanston Award will be renamed the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award, paying tribute to one Evanston’s leaders and one of the founders of the MashUp who passed away earlier this year.
Chairs for the event are Steve Hagerty, Hagerty Consulting; Patrick Hughes, Jr., Inclusions Solutions; Lucile Krasnow, Northwestern University; and Johanna Nyden, City of Evanston. Hagerty indicated that dozens of local businesses and organizations are supporting the event, including Northwestern University, Pivot Point International, NorthShore Health System, First Bank & Trust, Robinson Rental, Brown Kaplan + Liss, WBEZ 91.5, Maday Productions, and his own company, Hagerty Consulting.
Reservations can be made through the MashUp website at www.evanstonmashup.com. Cost of the celebration is $95 through September 7, $125 after that date. Checks payable to the Evanston Chamber of Commerce or credit cards may be used. Questions can be directed to Elaine Kemna-Irish, Director of Operations of the Chamber, at 847-328-1500.