NSSRA celebrates end of summer with annual bash | The Wilmette Beacon

Photos submitted NSSRA participant Shane Crosswhite, of Wilmette, dances with his mom, Betsy, to the music of Chicago-based cover band Recycle the Day at Summer Bash Aug. 14 at the Park Center in Glenview.

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Wilmette – September 5, 2019 – A few light showers couldn’t dampen the high spirits at Summer Bash on Aug. 14, the annual end-of-summer party hosted by Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association. Hosted this year at Park Center in Glenview, participants, families and supporters soaked up every bit of fun and sunshine, even staying to dance through sunset, before heading home.

The NSSRA serves Wilmette and Kenilworth, among other North Shore communities.

Summer Bash is one of my favorite evenings every year,” NSSRA Executive Director Craig Culp said. “This year we got some sunshine, a little rain, and thankfully clear skies to finish the night. Even with the weather, we still had a great time.”

Nearly 350 people gathered on the green behind Park Center for food, live music from band Recycle the Day and one last ‘bash’ together to mark summer’s end. Attendees also enjoyed playing lawn games, balloon art by Jensen Entertainment and creative face painting from artist Amy Lee.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t seem to shake some rain again this year, but that didn’t stop everyone from celebrating together,” NSSRA Recreation Specialist Abby Whalen said. “There were tons of smiles, and the music, food, entertainment and enthusiasm from our community made the night magical.”

Founded in 1970, NSSRA serves approximately 1,800 children, teens and adults with disabilities living in its partner communities throughout the northern suburbs. With over 500 recreation, sport, cultural and social offerings available during the day, after school, in the evenings and on weekends, NSSRA is dedicated to creating new experiences, opportunities for leisure time, skill development and perhaps most importantly, friendship.


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