The audience applauds Youth Job Center clients Matthew Morris, Shytasha Foster and Guadalupe Silva at the annual YJC fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Youth Job Center

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The Youth Job Center of Evanston hosted a record 415 people at its annual gala held on May 7 at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. The supportive crowd marked the largest ticket sales in YJC history and contributed to raising over $100,000 for the agency’s job-readiness and training programs.

One of the evening’s highlights was a tribute to Dr. Dale T. Mortensen, 2010 Nobel Prize-winner in economics and Northwestern University professor. The program featured three YJC client speakers: Matthew Morris, Shytasha Foster and Guadalupe Silva.