PespiCo and Buddy’s HELPERS Honors Morton East Senior

PepsiCo and Buddy’s HELPERS recognized a Morton East senior for her community service with tickets to one of Chicago’s hottest acts.

Gabriela Gamboa has been working through St. Anthony’s Church, helping with various clothing and food drives, as well as remaining active in the National Honor Society and serving as team manager for the boys’ soccer team when she is not playing as defender on the girls’ team for Morton East.

In recognition for her efforts, Buddy’s HELPERs and PepsiCo. surprised Gamboa at an impromptu ceremony at Morton East with tickets to see Change the Rapper. Her mother was also present to witness the occasion.

PepsiCo, through its Showdown program, has teamed up with the Chicago nonprofit Buddy’s HELPERS throughout the year to recognize student athletes who are making a difference in their community. The two groups have been promoting its “Making A Difference On AND Off The Field” campaign by recognizing leaders like Gamboa.

“We are proud of all the work Gabriela has done for her community,” said Jeffry Pesek, president of the Morton High School District 201 board. “She represents the ideal of what it means to have Morton Pride.”