Highland Park's Sister Cities Foundation Wins Best Overall Program Award

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City was named best in world among those with between 25,001 and 50,000 residents.

The City of Highland Park’s Sister Cities Foundation was honored last week with Sister Cities International’s Best Overall Program Award for cities with between 25,001 and 50,000 residents.

The award is granted to sister city programs “that demonstrate amazing accomplishments throughout the year and to those that encapsulate and further the mission of the Sister Cities movement,” according to a city news release. Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation currently maintains relationships with three international cities: Yerucham, Israel; Modena, Italy; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

“The City of Highland Park values its sister cities relationships and is deeply grateful to the dedicated volunteers working to facilitate economic, cultural and educational opportunities for all,” Mayor Nancy Rotering said. “Their collaborative work promotes global cooperation and enhances our quality of life. We are so proud of what they have accomplished.”

In the last year, Sister Cities has facilitated Highland Park High School student collaboration with students from Yerucham, Israel, both in person and online. The Foundation also works closely with representatives in Puerto Vallarta, hosting a youth soccer tournament in Highland Park to secure donations of musical instruments to send to youth orchestras there in addition to conducting seminars on domestic violence.

“In addition to honoring the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation, the Award is an honor for the City of Highland Park as well as our residents,” said Carol Wolfe, Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation Board President. “I would like to express the thanks of the Foundation to the City and everyone who has supported us in our efforts to create exchanges and programs that benefit our residents and the people in our Sister Cities.”