NSSRA Participants and Community Enjoy Dinner and Live Music at 9th Annual Summer Bash

The Hoynes family of Winnetka celebrates with ice cream at NSSRA’s 2018 Summer Bash.

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Northbrook – August 22, 2018 – Lightning may have cut the evening short at last week’s Summer Bash, the annual end-of-summer party hosted by Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA), but participants, families and supporters soaked up every last minute of fun and sunshine before heading home.

“Summer Bash is one of my favorite evenings every year,” said NSSRA Executive Director Craig Culp. “Our participants know how to celebrate life and they show us all how to enjoy life to the fullest, even under threat of thunderstorms.”

Taking place Wednesday, August 15, over 300 people gathered at Techny Prairie Park in Northbrook 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 from Nick Connell and creative face painting from artist Amy Lee.

“NSSRA participants came ready to dance the night away,” said NSSRA Recreation Specialist Abby Whalen. “The band even jumped off the stage to join the dance party, it was so great to see how much fun everyone was having!”

“Summer Bash goes on every year rain or shine, with the one exception being lightning” continued Culp. “This year we got some sunshine, a little rain, and then finally had to call it a night after lightning was spotted and storms became imminent. Even with all of that we still had a great time.”

Founded in 1970, NSSRA serves approximately 1,600 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.

“We can’t wait for next year’s Summer Bash, and hopefully the weather will cooperate,” continued Whalen. “Either way, the NSSRA family knows how to have a blast rain or shine.”

The evening is sponsored by NSSRA Foundation, allowing participants, families and staff to attend free of charge. Local business and family sponsors included the Slotnick Family of Northbrook (Presenting Sponsor), Call One (Tent Sponsor), D&R Autoworks of Highland Park (Dinner Sponsor), By Your Side – Autism Therapy Services (Photography Sponsor) and Trane (Photography Sponsor).


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 they provide 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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