“A Place To Belong” Campaign Exceeds $2.2M Goal

Northbrook, Illinois – January 25, 2021 — Today marks the close of Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association Foundation’s A Place to Belong Capital Campaign. En route to surpassing its goal, the Campaign has successfully raised $2.2M.

A Place to Belong Campaign was made public on February 28, 2020, during a pre-construction tour for NSSRA families and supporters, just a few weeks before COVID-19 brought everything to a halt. Despite the challenges that COVID-19 posed, the Campaign resumed in July and recently reached its fundraising goal.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, which was the backbone of this successful campaign,” said NSSRA Executive Director Craig Culp. “This tremendous accomplishment will create a community resource that our families and supporters will be proud to call their home; we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Funding from the Campaign has enabled NSSRA to invest in the renovation of the new Highland Park Facility. A Place to Belong campaign supports the renovation of participant spaces, including a courtyard, participant lounge, a great room and four additional multipurpose rooms, fully accessible washrooms, a library, and a teaching kitchen. The renovations will add new programs such as cooking, art, gardening, fitness, an expanded adult day program, and more to NSSRA’s diverse program and service offerings.

“We have been inspired as we watched our participants, families, network, friends of NSSRA, and the community come together to support this campaign,” said Ed Bettenhausen, NSSRA Foundation President. “A Place to Belong was designed to make a positive impact on all of our participants. Our donors were engaged, our families stepped forward, and we are thrilled to see the benefits of their generosity. This campaign has taken NSSRA to the next level, and we look forward to the next 50 years.”

A Place to Belong gifts were raised through generous private donations, family support, and a peer-to-peer fundraising effort that brought the campaign home in the late months. “While Michael and I were the Campaign Co-Chairs, we could not and did not succeed without our amazing campaign committee. Relentless, focused, and determined come to mind. Besides inspiring each other every step of the way, it was humbling to have our communities’ enthusiasm for our new home.  We are further grateful for the outpouring of support shown by our families, friends, community, partner agencies, staff, and participants who keep us moving forward,” said Wendy Rosen, Campaign Co-Chair.

“We know this is going to be a fantastic year. There is much to be excited about with our new building rehab in full swing and a move-in date set for the fall. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this possible,” said Honorary Chair Valerie Slotnick of Northbrook.

Capital Campaign Committee Members

Valerie Slotnick, Northbrook
Honorary Chair

Wendy & Michael Rosen, Northbrook
Co-Chairs

Franklin Baumann, Glencoe
Glenn & Sandy Binstein, Glenview
Mike Frazin, Chicago
Randi & Tom Gillespie, Northbrook
Sue & Gregg Hartemayer, Winnetka
Rick LaChapelle, Wilmette
Liza McElroy, Chicago
Barry Slotnick, Glencoe

Ed Bettenhausen, Northbrook
NSSRA Foundation Board President

Johnathan Kiwala
NSSRA Board Liaison

Craig Culp
NSSRA Executive Director

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