Sunday, May 7, 2017

Carbs for a Cause: PizzaFest Tuesday, May 16

It's May, so it's PizzaFest time.

Always a lot of fun, the Rotary Club of Evanston has organized this annual all-you-can-eat pizza and pop extravaganza for more than 30 years. Proceeds will be spent on projects and initiatives vital to the well-being of Evanstonians and other neighbors, especially kids.

Tickets are on sale at Dick Peach’s Dempster Auto Rebuilders, Gail Jones’ Saville Flowers, Elio Romero’s Chef's Station, online and at the door. (Getting tickets before you get to the door will save you a few bucks, but given that proceeds are going to some worthy non-profits, maybe paying more is okay.)

This year's servers will include WCGO's Daniel French, host of Everyday with French and Friends, which airs 5-7 p.m. weeknights online and at 1590 AM; Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty; Alderman Peter Braithwaite, Evanston Community Foundation's Monique Burson Jones, possibly some NU coaches and a lot of Rotarians.

This year’s PizzaFest collaborators include:

The Moran Center - Formally called the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, the Center provides Evanston youth and their families with integrated legal and social work services to improve their quality of life at home, at school, and within the Evanston community.

The Ridgeville Foundation - The foundation supports participation in Ridgeville Park District’s camps and classes and provides free and accessible cultural programming such as Shakespeare on the Ridge and the annual 4-on-4 soccer festival.

Mudlark Theater - The theater takes children seriously as artists and creates vibrant, funny, compelling theatre that blurs the line between youth and professional theater.

It's always a good time. I hope to see you there. I'll be making pictures.

The Rotary Club of Evanston, informally called Evanston Rotary, is kind of special. Besides bringing together some of the most interesting, civic-minded and generous people in the area under the banner of "Service Above Self", our club is unique for a couple other reasons. We meet at Rotary International's headquarter's conference center, a perk for both our club and RI. On any given Thursday, we serve as host to many Rotarians coming from out-of-town to do business at RI.

If you'd like to know more about our club, you can check us out online or club president Dave Stumpf before June 30. As of July 1, Dick Peach will serve as president again.

More about this year's PizzaFest is up on Facebook.

Tickets. Get your tickets here --> TICKETS.

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Heck, yeah. I’m a Rotarian. Since 2010.

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