‘Lots taking place’ on the Thursday Night time Market: An Evanston group centerpiece

There’s loads to soak up at Downtown Evanston’s Thursday Night time Markets. A powerful number of native artists, makers and retail outlets introduced a gradual movement of residents and guests from 4 to eight p.m. Aug. 4 at Fountain Sq.’s group plaza south of Davis Road. They stayed to bounce to music by DJ Johnny Worth, drink craft beer from Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. and benefit from the heat summer season night.

Along with boosting the vitality and financial well-being of downtown Evanston, Thursday Night time Markets spotlight public areas and native tradition and foster social connections.

Dancers transfer to the music of DJ Johnny Worth on the Aug. 4 Thursday Night time Market at Fountain Sq.. Credit score: Heidi Randhava

For some, the market was a household night time out. For a lot of, it was an opportunity to reconnect with outdated pals and make new pals. For others, it was a chance to showcase their abilities or elevate wanted funds for worthy causes.

Olga Shafran was amongst a gaggle of people who got here collectively to launch Ukraine TrustChain, an Evanston nonprofit to fund volunteer groups in Ukraine who make pressing deliveries of important merchandise and evacuate kids and seniors from energetic conflict zones.

The crew from nonprofit Ukraine TrustChain attends Downtown Evanston’s Thursday Night time Market on Aug. 4. Credit score: Heidi Randhava

“We’re giving unique artwork to those that make donations right this moment. A few of it’s created by native artists in Ukraine. We fund eight totally different groups of volunteers in Ukraine. We began by sending them donations of our personal cash, after which we began fundraising,” Shafran mentioned.

Ukraine TrustChain founder Daniil Cherkasskiy mentioned the group began the nonprofit about three days after the conflict in Ukraine started.

“The primary days are fuzzy, however the conflict began on a Thursday, and on Sunday or Monday, we despatched our first {dollars} [to volunteers in Ukraine]. … We bought 501(c)3 standing in Could [2022]. …. We’re doing this occasion to remain concerned with the group. That’s extra necessary than the amount of cash we’ll gather right this moment.

“With the cash we raised, we funded groups that evacuated 39,000 from the entrance strains. … And so they function a big meals safety operation,” Cherkasskiy mentioned.

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