The Vision Keeper dinner of the Interfaith Action of Evanston was held Feb. 16 at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston. A capacity crown of 385 representing 20 of the 40 faith communities in Evanston that belong to the organization attended. Each community chose its volunteer of the year; all were honored at this dinner.
Certificates and buttons for 2014 were awarded to these Evanston residents: Carolyn and Bill Gifford of Alice Millar Chapel of Northwestern University; Simon Anolick, Kathy Kaberon, Deborah Render and Gita Weintraub of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue; Jeremy and Lucia Payne of Evanston Bahá’í Community; Jeanette Baker of Evanston Friends Meeting; Tom Lindsey of First Congregational Church; Larry and Barbara Holm of First Presbyterian Church; Tom Scott of First United Methodist Church; Rosemarie Steele of Fisher Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church; Anne Laurence of Grace Lutheran Church.
Also: Ushane Locke of Hemenway United Methodist Church; Rev. Dr. Frank Senn of Immanuel Lutheran Church; Tina and Gonzalo Escobar of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation; Al Williams of Northminster Presbyterian Church; Deacon Anthony A. Agee of Second Baptist Church; Andrea and Daniel Fowler of Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University; Dr. Millicent L. Knight and Dr. Harvey L. Echols of Sherman United Methodist Church; Carmelina Stoklosa, Anne Marie McMichael, Lisa Gobbi, Beth Osterlund, Susan Kapche, Mary Bowles, Anne Donoghue, Sue Fox and Donna Masini of St. Athanasius Catholic Church; Larry and Nancy Wood of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Michael Johnson of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Maura Canavan of St. Mary Catholic Church.
A portion of the event proceeds goes to Interfaith Action, a non-profit organization of faith-based people whose goal is to bring together communities of faith and spirit to serve people who are hungry and homeless, and to express shared values through action and interfaith dialogue.
IAE has a morning center year round providing breakfast as well as job counseling and computer training, afternoon centers in the winter, overnight shelter when the temperature is below 5 degrees, daily soup kitchens and a Producemobile (in partnership with The Greater Chicago Food Depository) serving fresh produce to more than 300 families each month. For more information, see interfaithactionofevanston.org.