Better Makers: Metropolitan Family Services Honors the City of Evanston and Mental Health Board

Guests tried their hand at darts, one of many fun-filled games featured at Spring Fever, the annual event benefiting Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center. More than $40,000 was raised to help support Metropolitan’s programs and services for area families. (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center.)

Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley held this year’s Spring Fever benefit on April 21. The event brought 150 guests to the Evanston Golf Club to honor former Evanston Mayor Jay Lytle and his wife, Bonnie, for their continued support to Metropolitan’s mission and efforts. The Family Support and Prevention Program was also highlighted for its strong relationship with the City of Evanston. The City and its Mental Health Board have continued to fund the Program, which is offered to families free of charge.

Spring Fever raised $40,000 for Metropolitan’s programs and services for local families. The lively evening was filled with music from Northwestern Music Student Alvin Cobb, raffles, games, and a program auction.

The Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Community Board includes: Steve Bynum, Chair, WBEZJohn Mead, Vice Chair; Barbara Meyer, Vice Chair; Mi Balderas, North Shore Community Bank; Tony Burt, Schiff Hardin LLP; Gene Frett, Sperling and SlaterJohn Haben, Haben Funeral HomeBryon Harris, Evanston/Skokie School District; Bart Rocca; Janelle Octavia Silva, Village of SkokieMichael Yohanan, First Bank & Trust; Simon Yohanan, First Bank & Trust – Evanston; and Joseph Zoeller, Wintrust Financial.

Spring Fever 2018 was made possible thanks to the generosity and support of: Byline Bank, First Bank & Trust, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Wintrust/North Shore Community Bank, Antony Burt, Dan Castino, Carla and Mark Frisch, Gigio’s Pizzeria, Steven R. Gilford, Haben Funeral Home and Crematory, Hagerty Consulting, Catherine and Bart Rocca, Wilmette Auto Body, Joan and Robert Yohanan, Linda and Steven Bynum, Evanston Subaru in Skokie, Donna and Gene Frett, Bonnie and Jay Lytle, Linnea and John Mead, Aspasia and Jay Miller, Northwestern University, Eleanor Revelle, Robinson Rentals, Rothman Law Group, Michael Yohanan, John J. Cahill, Inc., Stotis & Baird Chartered, Judith and Nick Greifer, Ann Rainey, Usha and Pramod Shah, Janelle Silva, Leslie and Richard Sevcik, Simon Yohanan, and Joseph Zoeller.

Metropolitan Family Services: Bonnie Lytle and Jay Lytle

Bonnie Lytle and former Evanston Mayor Jay Lytle (foreground) speak after being honored at the 2018 Spring Fever, the annual event benefiting Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center. (Roxanne Nava, Executive Director for Metropolitan Family Services’ North Region, stands in the background.) The Lytles were recognized for their longstanding support of Metropolitan and the Evanston community. (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center.)

Metropolitan Family Services: Alvin Cobb

A trio led by Drummer Alvin Cobb (right) performs at Spring Fever. (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center.)

Metropolitan Family Services

Impact: Students in Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) program present a poster advocating drug-free living. SAPS partners with schools to provide youth with empowerment and resistance skills to help them live drug-free lives and positively impact their communities. (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center.)

 

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Emily Stone is Associate Editor at Make It Better. She earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work is published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.