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First Night Evanston

Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Mission: First Night Evanston fosters a public appreciation for the visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse and quality New Year’s Eve program that provides a shared cultural experience at an affordable price.

Annual Budget: The budget for 2013 was $75,000. More than $107,000 was raised. Admission prices provided about half the budget. The balance was corporate and private donations. The budget for this year is $134,000.

Key Campaigns: First Night Evanston, Inc. sponsors a New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts in 6 indoor venues around Raymond Park, located at Chicago Avenue and Lake Street. 2700 people attended last year. Four thousand are expected this year. Outdoor activities include food trucks, ice sculpting, flash mob and a midnight ringing in of the New Year. December 31, 2014, promises to be an exciting night. Howard Levy is returning with Chevere. Corky Siegel returns with his group. The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is joining us. The headline performance of the night is Regina Carter, MacArthur fellow, and jazz violinist. She is bringing her six-piece orchestra and promises to be the highlight of the evening. Admission prices are $20 until December 26; $25 until 12/31, then $30. Reserved seating will be available for an extra price. Ages 8-18 pay $10; children under 8 are free when accompanied by an admission-paying adult. Find more information at www.firstnightevanston.org or on Facebook.

Executive Director: Emily Guthrie, president

Contact: Email: info@firstnightevanston.org.

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