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Once a year, we bring students from our partner schools together for a Holiday Celebration. It is an opportunity to provide students with a "Winter Wonderland" complete with holiday decorations. Students receive gifts provided by partners/sponsors and take a picture with Santa. They are treated to a warm holiday meal with all the trimmings and abundant holiday themed activities. Funds raised through the "Bags for Kids" Cornhole Tournament will be used to provide a Holiday Celebration to over 1500 students on December 14th. For many students, this may be their only holiday meal and gift.
Family Space Camp
The funds raised from this event will also go towards supporting family trips to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Each student will travel with his/her parent to train like an astronaut. We believe the sky is the limit for our students! Students and parents engage in science experiments and simulations of real space missions. For many participants, including the parents, it is their first time in a different city and traveling by plane. Parents are also able to witness the high value S.T.E.A.M. education and exposure has for their child.
2017 1st Annual Tournament Fundraiser
Art Norman, a special contributor to NBC 5 News, will be the Master of Ceremony at the 2nd Annual "Bags for Kids" Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser. His "Making a Difference" segments air weekly on NBC 5 News at 5 p.m. These stories feature extraordinary people making a difference in their communities across the Chicago area. Art is also a frequent NBC 5 News ambassador making appearances at many community events .
The grand prize winners, both Corporate and individual teams, will each get their own custom made cornhole/bags board set with the James R. Jordan Foundation logo. They will also have their photo taken together, which will then be placed with their name on a plaque. The plaques will be placed on a wall of the downtown Chicago Michael Jordan's Steak House. These plaques will remain on the wall every year and after each annual tournament, new plaques will be added to the wall. Each individual team winner will receive a $100 gift card to the Michael Jordan's Steak house, and each member of the winning Corporate Team will receive a $25 gift card to Dick’s Last Resort. Both of the gift cards will be available to use one week after the event.
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Michael Jordan's Steak House
Lucca's Pizzeria & Ristorante
Seaway, A Division of Self- Help Federal Credit Union
Sinai Community Institute
Sureway Tool & Engineering Company