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

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.