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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 12:18 pm

With summer coming to a rapid end, there’s still time for children to celebrate in a fun fashion before having to go back to school for the fall session.

Jennifer Norton, creator of Celebrate YOUth!, plans to keep celebrating the children of Ahwatukee by lending her time and experience to help families coordinate a party extravaganza.

Originally from Ohio, Norton discovered it’s her dream and passion to be an event coordinator.

Norton gained experience when she caught a lucky break being hired by Santa Barbara Catering, running her own property for more than four years consisting of three restaurants and three venues. 

Along with working at Santa Barbara Catering, Norton also finds joy planning her son Carson’s birthday parties throughout the years, saying she has always blown his events out of the water.

Norton’s passion and desire for celebrating life through event coordinating ultimately led her to branch out to start her own company; Celebrate YOUth!.

Also, being a resident of Ahwatukee for three years now, Norton feels that celebrating the youth of the community will bring joy towards not only herself, but the families involved.

Norton said Celebrate YOUth! is organized to center on the children’s successes and milestones keeping her motto, “Because life should, and must, be celebrated” at the core of her event planning’s foundation.

“My long-term goals would have to be like my short-term goals, and that would be to add value to the community, and to be thought of as someone who can help families appreciate their child,” Norton said.

With Celebrate YOUth! being fairy new, Norton’s first order of business is coordinating a party for one family in Ahwatukee, which her services and time, will be pro bono.

Norton will be seeking submissions from families who are residents of Ahwatukee detailing the type of event they’re seeking to plan for their child.

“For the promotion I will be asking for name, address, email, phone number and a brief description of why they would like my help. One will be selected based on who I feel will benefit the most from my assistance,” Norton said. “Anyone not selected can visit my blog to see what I can provide; I have all prices and pictures of what I have done.”

Supplies will not be included, but Norton plans to keep the event well in the family’s budget.

All submissions are to be entered by July 15, and the winner will be announced on Aug. 1.

Families interested in Norton’s free service can send their submissions via email at

Norton chooses to keep it within Ahwatukee for two reasons; being that she loves the way the community centers on their children and selfishly she plans on never leaving Ray Road.

She said her goal is assisting the mothers who want to plan events for their children, but are limited based on time and budget.

“Just the way Ahwatukee is 100 percent about kids and it’s really more of my interest to celebrate the kid’s events, I decided to get the company going,” Norton said. “I was thinking how I could market to the community, so I thought it to put out there that I would do a free assistance to throw a party to see what kind of response I would get.”

For more information about Celebrate YOUth! or any information about Norton’s services, visit

• Daniel Ochoa is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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