Horizons for Youth Raises over $300,000 for Students

Horizons for Youth’s 21st Annual On Cloud Nine event raised funds to help break barriers to education for students. 

Over 100 guests around the country attended the virtual Feb. 6 event. Guests heard from Executive Director Greg Borkowski, Horizons for Youth family members and other supporters. 

More than 30 sponsors backed the event, which raised in excess of $300,000. Horizons for Youth offered a special thanks to the Barnett family and co-chairs John and Clarice Harris for making the evening such a success. 

The fundraiser included a raffle for donors and a youth talent show where students showed off their skills. Horizons for Youth is a past Make It Better Philanthropy Award winner. 

Horizons for Youth offers educational help and mentorship opportunities to more than 250 children at more than 50 Chicago area elementary and high schools. It aims to remove obstacles some Chicago-area children face to achieving success and reaching their life goals.

Horizons is still seeking donations to support its efforts. Learn more at Horizons-for-youth.org.

Sponsors of the event included:
Artemis Design
Ernst & Young
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
The Kadens Family Foundation
RCP Advisors
Rex Carton Company
Sidley Austin LLP
Stern Cassello & Associates
Value Industrial Partners
Vogue Tyre & Rubber Company
William Blair


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Aliyah Armstrong is an intern at Better with a passion for arts and entertainment reporting. A senior in Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, she is also minoring in Sociological Studies. Aliyah supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Black Youth Project 100, an organization that aims to create justice and freedom for all Black people.