by Heather Sexton
Morton High School student, Connor Kottabi, speaking to guests about Junior Achievement
The annual Celebrate JA – Morton event was a huge success, again! Our hosts, Kirk & Kristen Schick generously opened their home to more than 50 guests to advocate the vital need for JA programs in Morton classrooms while raising funds for local JA students.
On June 13th, attendees enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine from Tres Rojas Winery and beautiful weather while learning about past and future JA initiatives and the benefits of JA programming from knowledgeable speakers during a short program.
A major highlight of the evening was listening to comments delivered by Morton High School student, Connor Kottabi. Connor talked about his experience with JA and why he thinks it is important for all students to have JA programs to ensure they have the skills necessary to have successful careers and become responsible adults.
Connor’s comments, coupled with our other wonderful speakers’ remarks, proved extremely powerful and the impact was reflected through the outpour of support from guests – an astounding $18,000 was raised!
The Schick’s have hosted this event two years in a row, raising more than $25,000 and providing JA programs to more than 35 Morton classrooms. Thank you to Kirk & Kristen and our Celebrate JA – Morton supporters for their incredible generosity!