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25th Anniversary Gala

Thank you to everyone who joined us last October; see you in 2024!

Two and half decades have passed since Dino Robinson set out to correct a glaring absence on Chicago’s North Shore: The rich and multi-layered history of generations of Black Americans who have called Evanston and the surrounding communities home was buried or absent from local historical archives. A quarter of a century later, thanks to Dino’s leadership and our caring volunteers and community members — that void is vanishing.

Today, Shorefront offers the general public, historians, and archivists historical resources not available in any other institution. Join us in preserving our invaluable organization over a night of libations, music, and joviality. Tickets include an elegant seated dinner, talks from renowned legacy keepers, and participation in our live auction. Read below for info on our speakers and entertainment for the evening:

Honoree

We are delighted to honor Keith Beauchamp, acclaimed documentarian and producer & writer of Till, with the Morris “Dino” Robinson, Jr. Award for his significant contributions to preserving Black histories.

Keynote

Our night will culminate with an address from Donna Johnson, a friend of Shorefront, proud Evanston native, and the first Black mayor in Libertyville’s 185-year history. 

Music for evening courtesy of Chicago favorite: Midnight Sun.

For questions and comments, please reach out using our contact page.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Limited to 2 sponsors, industry exclusive
  • Opportunity for a representative to give brief remarks on stage with presentation of Morris “Dino” Robinson Jr. Award, recognizing legacy keepers and fearless pioneers
  • Two premier tables of eight
  • Recognition as Legacy Sponsor in all aspects related to the Gala, including display sponsor’s logo on event invitation, signage, step and repeat, event materials, press communication, social media, and Shorefront’s Gala event page
  • Full screen presence on event slideshow
  • Recognition on Shorefront website for one year
Industry Exclusive
  • Two premier tables of eight
  • Special recognition during the presentation of the Morris “Dino” Robinson, Jr. Award, recognizing legacy keepers and fearless pioneers
  • Recognition as Archivist Sponsor in all aspects related to the Gala, including display sponsor’s logo on event invitation, signage, step and repeat, event materials, press communication, social media, and Shorefront’s Gala event page
  • Full screen presence on event slideshow
  • Recognition on Shorefront website for one year
  • One premier table of eight
  • Recognition as Preservation Sponsor in all aspects related to the Gala, including display sponsor’s logo on event invitation, signage, step and repeat, event materials, press communication, social media, and Shorefront’s Gala event page
  • Presence on event slideshow
  • Recognition on Shorefront website for one year
  • One premier table of eight
  • Recognition as Education Sponsor in all aspects related to the Gala, including display sponsor’s logo on event invitation, signage, step and repeat, event materials, press communication, social media, and Shorefront’s Gala event page
  • Presence on event slideshow
  • Recognition on Shorefront website for one year
$2,500
  • Six premier tickets
  • Presence on event slide show
$1,000
  • Four tickets
  • Presence on event slide show