Nova event Jan. 11 in Highland Park
Updated: December 31, 2012 11:51AM
HIGHLAND PARK — Nova, a new organization for local high school students, is hosting its First Winter Fundraiser for adults to gain support for its 2013 programming.
The event will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at 1770 First Street, Suite 100 in Highland Park. Tickets are $125 per adult and can be purchased at novahp.org, at the event location, or by phone at (847) 579-4555.
Nova provides various opportunities for high school students to get involved and make a contribution after school. Nova participants currently provide tutoring to Oak Terrace School students and lend help with everything from homework to chess at the Lutz Family Center.
A winter clothing drive yielded more than 150 coats for families in need; contributors are continuing to donate unneeded clothing. The fundraiser will provide support to these programs during the coming year.
The fundraising event will include hors d’oeuvres, a light dinner and dessert by Catering by Michael’s of Morton Grove as well as a cash bar. A silent auction will feature sports memorabilia with numerous items from Chicago Bulls, Bears and Cubs legends. Chicago’s Kehoe Designs will be donating the decor.
Live entertainment will be provided by The Downhome Sophisticates and special performances by Disco Lemonade with Highland Park High School students Elie Small on guitar and Natalie Sereda on a variety of instruments.
“I am proud to be associated with Nova because it provides a place for high school students to explore leadership opportunities,” says Tamar Schwartzman, president of Nova’s Student Executive Committee. “Nova is also important to the community because it’s a safe place for students to drop in at anytime to use the Internet, play video games, pool or pingpong, watch movies or sporting events, or just to ‘hang out’ with friends.”
“Our goal is to provide a ‘Student Union’ for high school students,” said Executive Director Zach Kovack. “Within the past year, more than 2,000 students have walked through our doors. We are proud that Nova has become the place to go on Friday nights. All Nova events are adult supervised and substance free.”