READING, Mass., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday, May 15th from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan's Furniture will celebrate youth in foster care who are graduates from the Class of 2016. The statewide event will take place at the Jordan's store in Reading, MA. It will be hosted by Eliot Tatelman, Jordan's President and CEO. The evening includes food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests will see a video highlighting many of the honored youth, hear from speakers with inspirational messages and receive gifts including an Adidas sports bag, a Red Sox long-sleeve tee-shirt, a Target store gift card, and IMAX Theater tickets. Guests will come from across the Commonwealth to attend. Two full-size buses will bring youth from the Western part of the state.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when over 75 celebrants were invited to the IMAX Theater in Natick. In 2007, the event grew and youth from across the state joined in the celebration. The event is now held in Reading to accommodate the number of youth, their foster parents, siblings, and social workers who gather to celebrate their academic achievements each May. Over 225 graduates will attend this Sunday, May 15th. "Each year, this event gets bigger and bigger. We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth," said Tatelman. "It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions. It is our way to show our support for them."
DCF Commissioner Linda Spears will also be in attendance. "DCF is grateful to Jordan's Furniture for hosting this wonderful evening year after year," said the Commissioner. "I am so inspired by all of our youths who manage to overcome more obstacles than the average teenager to pursue and finish their education, and I am quite proud of the DCF social workers who support them in reaching their goals."
The evening will conclude with a private screening of the newly-released Captain America in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
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