Annual ‘Celebrate JA – Morton’ event garners donations for Junior Achievement programs in Morton classrooms

Morton High School student Connor Kottabi speaks to guests about Junior Achievement programs at the “Celebrate JA – Morton” fundraising event hosted by the Schick family in June of this year. 

The annual Celebrate JA – Morton event was a huge success, again!  Event hosts Kirk and 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 13, 2019, attendees enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine from Tres Rojas Winery and beautiful weather while learning about past and future JA initiatives, as well as the benefits of JA programming from knowledgeable speakers during a short program.

A highlight of the evening featured 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 other event 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.