Northbrook – September 26, 2018 – Over $50,000 was raised at NSSRA Foundation’s annual SWING Golf Outing, held at Winnetka Golf Club on Friday, September 14. These funds will provide scholarships for children, teens and adults with disabilities who participate in NSSRA’s year-round recreation activities and will additionally assist NSSRA in purchasing accessible vehicles. Event sponsors included La Chapelle Family Foundation and Leahy Family Foundation. For a full list of sponsors and donors, visit www.nssrafoundation.org.
Matt La Chapelle, a long-time NSSRA participant and the “Celebrity Golfer“ for the day, thanked all in attendance and said, “All the staff members have been a great role model for me and for all of us.” He continued, “I’m glad that people like me who have a disability can participate with others. I’m glad to be alive. If I didn’t have this I would not live, but I do live and I’m here with a great staff who know who I am and they know what it takes to be a role model.”
“Matt and so many participants like him are the reason NSSRA exists, and in turn why the work of NSSRA Foundation to provide additional opportunities for our participants is so key,” said NSSRA Executive Director Craig Culp. “We appreciate all the golfers, sponsors and donors who came out to support NSSRA participants, not just this year, but many of them year after year.” Culp continued, “Once again we had a sold out event, perfect weather and a great group of people who spent their Friday championing NSSRA. We couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Since 1997, NSSRA Foundation has raised over $1.7 million to benefit NSSRA programs and services. The Foundation has provided over $259,000 in scholarships since 2009, purchased eight vehicles for NSSRA’s transportation needs, and provided $110,000 in start-up funding for NSSRA’s adult day program, Enriched Lifestyles for Adults (ELA). The ELA Program, in its twelfth year, accommodates 25 adults and runs 48 weeks per year from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and is now financially self-sustaining. The Foundation has provided consistent, generous support throughout the years and has committed to run a capital campaign for NSSRA’s new facility when it is identified.
NSSRA serves approximately 1,600 children, teens and adults with disabilities living in its partner communities throughout the northern suburbs. With the distinction as the first Special Recreation Association in the country, NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970. The golf outing serves as NSSRA’s Foundation’s largest, most successful event each year.
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, Lake Bluff, Kenilworth, 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.