StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

Thu, Oct 11 2018, 7:00pm - Tickets start at $50 and include admission, food and entertainment - Tickets

Farther Foundation enables students to break free from the constraints of poverty and experience the wider world through travel. They become immersed in new cultures, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth. Inspired by their experience, Farther Foundation alumni return home with new skills, confidence, and enthusiasm—ready to take on new challenges in school and in life.  Learn more at

From 7-10 pm, enjoy food, drink and the company of friends while hearing stories of adventure, mishap and discovery told by consummate storytellers.

The host is Matt Baron.

Tickets start at $50 and include admission, food and entertainment. Purchase tickets below or contact us at (708)497-7240 or See you there!

The storytellers are....

MATT BARON: Matt is a self-described “recovering journalist.” He reported for the Chicago TribuneTimeUSA Today, and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Along the way, he developed a mathematical literacy-training program for journalists and a baseball statistic (the Home Run Power Ratio). He is the principal of Inside Edge: Public Relations & Media Services. 

JACKIE KOTARBA: One of five daughters raised by a single mother, Jackie was born and raised in Chicago in the Humboldt Park area. She started working at 13 years old to help the family pay for bills and food. After building experience in hotel and restaurant management positions, Jackie opened her own restaurant – La Parrillita in River Forest. Jackie and La Parrillita were recently featured on the Food Network show – The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

DAG JUHLIN: Dag has founded and/or played with bands including The Slugs, Poi Dog Pondering, The Greenwoods, Expo'76 and Sunshine Boys. He has also worked, played and performed with Steve Dahl.

ISAIAH MAKAR: Isaiah is the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Spoken Word Coordinator, Spoken Word Teaching Artist at Percy Julian Middle School and an Arts Education panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts. ISAIAH MÄ€KAR LLC provides spoken word professional development workshops for employees to learn how to apply creative communication mechanics from poetry to cultivate an engaging workplace environment.

BRITT JULIOUS: Britt is a writer, essayist, and storyteller with work featured in the New York TimesVogueEsquireELLE, and others. She currently pens a weekly column for the Chicago Tribune and contributes monthly to Chicago Magazine. She’s working on a collection of essays about overcoming trauma.

NANCY BAKER: Nancy is the Executive Director of the Evanston Work Ethic Program, and former College Counselor for LINK Unlimited and Chicago Scholars. She has been a high school English instructor and a marketing professional for Boca Burger, Inc., Kraft Foods, and Arthur Andersen.  She enjoys being a mentor, writing and performing short stories at Here:Say in Traverse City, Michigan, travel, and putting a pastry chef certification to use for family and friends.