Dist. 70 Gives Sunset Foods Owner Its Character and Leadership Award Sunset Foods Owner Honored for Generosity

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Byline: Libertyville District 70 submission

Libertyville School District 70 is honoring John Cortesi, president, CEO and owner of Sunset Foods Mart Inc., with its 2013 Character and Leadership Award.

The honor is the school district's only award bestowed on an outside organization. Created by Superintendent Guy Schumacher, the award is given with appreciation by the school board, administration and staff "in honor of exemplary character, leadership and service."

Cortesi was presented with the award Dec. 16 at a school board meeting.

"You have a sense of character and leadership that guides us in so many ways," Schumacher said when presenting the award. "You are one of our most dedicated business partners and are extremely visible. There is not a school in our district that has not been touched by your generosity."

Cortesi and his Sunset Foods have a long-running relationship with District 70 schools, often donating food for a variety of school events and items -- like plastic containers -- for classroom projects, and supporting a selection of projects, including classroom parties and Scouting sales outside the store.

But his contribution to D70 stood out when he attended a third-grade economics fair at Copeland Manor school last year and talked about how his grocery store worked and took the time from a demanding business day to answer student questions. …