NSSRA Readies “Shining Stars” Celebration with Annual Banquet

Ray & Gay Weber of Kenilworth with son Cole at last year’s Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet. The Weber familly is being recognized as the 2018 Family of the Year at this year’s banquet.

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Northbrook, IL – April 25, 2019 – NSSRA will hold its annual Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet on Friday, May 10 at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. With nearly 400 participants, family members, staff, board members, supporters and partners expected to attend, the annual gathering gives NSSRA an opportunity to recognize those who have truly made a difference over the previous year. It’s also a chance to acknowledge and appreciate NSSRA’s families.

This year’s evening of recognition, celebration and dancing will honor ten award winners, including NSSRA’s Gator Athlete of the Year, Youth Participant of the Year and Adult Participant of the year. Program staff, volunteers and community partners will also be recognized for their exceptional efforts and commitment to NSSRA during 2018.

One such community partner, Linda Goodman originally of Winnetka, is being honored as NSSRA’s 2018 “Friend of the Year.” Goodman has been the organizer of the Nielsen USTA Pro Tennis Championship for over three decades, of which NSSRA has been the charitable recipient for going on 11 years. In that time the tournament has donated over $175,000 to NSSRA programs and services. Held at Winnetka Park District each year, the tournament attracts some of the finest tennis players in the world.

Additional award winners include Wilmette Park District (Partner Agency of the Year) and the Weber family of Kenilworth (Family of the Year).

The event is sponsored by NSSRA Foundation, with additional support from local businesses, families, community supporters and donors. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is the Gerald & Olivia Shapiro Family Foundation of Highland Park. See a full list of sponsors below, or at www.nssrafoundation.org/shiningstars.

Event Information
Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet
Friday, May 10 • 6:00 pm

Hilton Chicago/Northbrook
2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

Partner Agency of the Year
Friend of the Year
Family of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Advocate of the Year
Program Staff of the Year
Youth Participant of the Year
Gator Athlete of the Year
Adult Participant of the Year

Sponsors & Donors
Presenting Sponsor
Gerald & Olivia Shapiro Family Foundation

Audio/Visual Sponsor
Slotnick Family

Invitation Sponsor
Rick & Kristen Dean

Program Book Sponsors
Binstein Family
Joan Golder
Mark Jacobson & Associates
Weber Family

Dessert Sponsors
Autism Speaks
Lippai/Gibson Family
Strategic Talent Solutions

Photography Sponsors
D&R Autoworks
Lippai/Gibson Family
Robynn & Keith Medansky
Schuman Family
Sunset Foods

Décor Sponsors
AA Service Co.
Tommy Danis
Bonnie & Herb Horn
Don & June Fisher Family
Bob & Amy & Luke Greenebaum
Kivarkis Family
Lakeshore Psychology Group
Netzer Family
Gwen & Ches Porter
Shaw Family
Wilde Family

Genevieve Adsit
Katie Assouad
Mike & Lorena Beltrano
Don & Sue Bergsrud
Elizabeth & Chandler Bigelow
Gerilyn Miller Brown & Paul Brown
Joan Golder
Karasik Family
Richard & Heidi Katz
Dave & Monica Kern & Family
Pamela Krupp
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Loeb
Carol Maxon
Don & Nancy McNair
John H. Ray
Naomi & Jerry Senser
Tim Siebert
Carolyn Stanek & Sherry Treston
Martin & Elyse Tish
Tom & Gloria Whalen Family
Larry & Carole Widmer


NSSRA provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities who live in the partner communities. NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This partnership includes the Park Districts of Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka; the Cities of Highwood and Lake Forest; and the Village of Riverwoods. NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and has the distinction as the first Special Recreation Association in the country. For more information about NSSRA and the programs and services it provides visit www.nssra.org.

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association Foundation (NSSRA Foundation) was established in 1997 to support the mission of NSSRA by raising and granting supplemental funding. NSSRA Foundation raises funds throughout the year with all proceeds benefiting the Association. The Foundation, in conjunction with NSSRA, hosts annual events for all donors, supporters and families. The Foundation also raises funds through solicitation of grants and their annual Holiday Appeal. Throughout the year, NSSRA Foundation receives generous support from many individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses and community organizations. For more information about NSSRA Foundation visit www.nssrafoundation.org.

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