We began a partnership with Northwestern’s Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts in the latter half of the year. We raffled off 25 free pairs of tickets to Levy members to see a production of Frida Libre.
We continued our collaboration with Evanston Grows, Garden Club of Evanston and the City of Evanston. Together, we held twenty Farm Stand events, providing organic produce for people experiencing food insecurity every Friday from 9-11 am starting in early July through late October. Additionally, the LSCF produced and offered free canvas totes and recipe booklets featuring favorites from our garden volunteer community.
We invested in the cleaning and reparation of the planter's mosaics completed by the talented artist behind them, Ginny Sykes. The Foundation also helped to maintain the gardens and refurbished all the furniture. The wood benches got a restaining, and the tables and chairs were repainted.
Dennis Newton Scholarship Fund
The fund subsidized City outings to the theater, museums, gardens, sports venues and other cultural experiences. It also underwrote Heaven Can Wait program, granting 11 members 90+ with free memberships to the Center.
Hoops For the Ages
We helped to facilitate our second 3-on-3 basketball tournament for men and women 40+. The tournament was held in conjunction with the Aging Well Conference which the LSCF helped to sponsor. Attendees could drop in to free yoga and exercise classes, as well as attend information sessions on an array of subjects, including posture and balance, nutrition and heart education, muscles and bones and the immune system.
Team Dream Event
As part of the Aging Well Conference, the LSCF hosted a screening of the documentary, Team Dream, an inspiring film about senior athletes in Chicago preparing for the 2022 National Senior Games. LSCF board member Rob Bady interviewed athlete Madeline Rabb and Derrick Milligan, her trainer. A lucky attendee won the raffle which included a $50 Target gift card.
The LSCF, in partnership with the LSC, in July began offering appointments for free tech support and training to help older adults feel more comfortable with phones, computers, tablets and more. They can receive assistance using applications on their devices, such as ordering take out food or a ride with Uber, sending messages or sharing photos. 30 minute sessions by appointment.
Levy Lecture Series
We hosted 3 free virtual lectures: Corky Siegel in Conversation (and Performance) with Neil Tesser; Talking Senior Advocacy with AARP’s Philippe Largent: Phillipe Largent, Director of AARP with moderator Shane DuBow; Calm, Cool and Catalytic: How Older Americans Can Lead During an Era of Existential Threats with Jill Riddell writing teacher at the School of the Art Institute, host of the Shape of the World podcast, and founder of the Office of Modern Composition, a writer’s studio. The lecture was moderated by Shane DuBow. Lectures are available on our YouTube channel.
Jamming Jean Concerts
We hosted four free very well attended concerts. Starting in March, South Boulevard Band, a local favorite moved the crowd to form a conga line. Then in June and September, we were outside with Lynne Jordan and the Shivers and Suite Mollie. In December, Gerald McClendon and his band got the crowd dancing in the gym to his R&B tunes.
Fran Randall Concert Series
We presented three free concerts with performances by young, gifted classical musicians in the Maple Room.
High Lights Writer's Workshops
We underwrote two workshops offered in partnership with Northlight Theatre. Attendees included alumni and newcomers. A live event took place at the Center, and writers were able to read their work aloud to an audience.
Arts for Everyone
Through a partnership with Northlight Theatre, 25 pairs of tickets were raffed off to LSC members for five NLT productions in their 2023 season. The program aims to break down barriers that keep people in our community from attending live theatre.