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Northwestern, Evanston Police to be Honored at MashUp

The best of the city, University to be highlighted at networking event Sept. 9.

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The unique partnership between Northwestern University Police and the Evanston Police Department will be honored at the 2015 Evanston MashUp on Sept. 9 as the University and the city celebrate their community collaboration.

Held annually on the University’s beach, the MashUp is an ultimate networking mixer hosted by Northwestern, the City of Evanston, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and other business partners. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern President Morton Schapiro serve as co-captains of the event.

The two law enforcement groups will receive the 2015 Catalyst Award, which recognizes a person or organization that embodies the spirit of community partnership and collaboration.

Also to be honored are Evanston residents Bob and Patty Reece. They will receive the Corrine Passage Spirit of Evanston Award for their dedication to empowering the youth of the city. The award is presented to an Evanstonian who has performed outstanding service to the community and who embodies the mix of qualities that represent the city: courage, compassion, vision and creativity.

“Northwestern is pleased to host the Evanston MashUp again this year, and we are particularly pleased to do so in light of the Catalyst Award going to the Evanston and Northwestern University police departments,” Schapiro said. “The successful collaboration between these two highly professional departments that has existed for many years benefits the entire community and exemplifies the strong partnership between Northwestern and Evanston. We extend our congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, and we welcome the Evanston MashUp attendees to the Northwestern campus.”

“We’re honored to share the 2015 Catalyst Award with Chief (Richard) Eddington and our fellow law enforcement professionals at the Evanston Police Department,” said Bruce Lewis, Northwestern’s associate vice president for public safety and chief of police. “Both departments have a mutual respect and understanding of the community, and we work as a team on and off campus. We are engaged in getting the support of the community, and remaining accessible, engaging and accommodating to the needs of the community.”

“We view each other as equal partners in our commitment to solving problems and serving as a caretaker in the community,” said Eddington. “There is mutual respect and we work very well together. This award is a recognition of that.”

The MashUp kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, executives, artists, professionals, city leaders and CEOs to gather to celebrate the contributions of those in the Evanston community.

In addition to the awards ceremony, there will also be a “taste of Evanston” featuring local restaurants, music, dancing and entertainment. Join the celebration and enjoy a late summer evening in a beachfront tent with amazing food, great music, and the eclectic and electric essence of our community. All proceeds benefit the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, promoting and growing business in the community.

To purchase tickets, register online at Pre-registration is $95 per person, $50 for young professionals (35 or younger) or $125 at the door. Visit for complete details.

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