NSSRA Foundation’s SWING Golf Outing Raises Over $55,000 to Benefit NSSRA Programs & Services

NSSRA Executive Director Craig Culp interviews one of NSSRA’s celebrity golfers for the day, NSSRA participant Miguel Lara (Highland Park). Lara placed 1st in his division for golf at Special Olympics Illinois’ Outdoor Sports Festival in September. Also pictured, Dani Kern, NSSRA Recreation Manager and Gator Golf Coach.

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Northbrook – October 29, 2019 – Though the event was technically rained out, over $55,000 was raised at NSSRA Foundation’s annual SWING Golf Outing at Sunset Valley Golf Club in Highland Park on Friday, September 13. Event sponsors included LaChapelle Family Foundation and Leahy Family Foundation. For a full list of sponsors and donors, visit www.nssrafoundation.org.

Due to the excessive rain received the week of and day prior to the event, Sunset Valley’s course flooded making play untenable. The event was officially cancelled in the early hours of Friday morning.

Despite the disappointment, the NSSRA community came together and made the best of it. By 11:00 am the skies had cleared and the sun came out, allowing over 100 golfers, supporters, staff and participants to come together to enjoy lunch on the patio, including participants and staff from NSSRA’s adult day program, Enriched Lifestyles for Adults (ELA).

“To still be able to call a cancelled event a tremendous success is a tribute to NSSRA’s generous and enthusiastic community,” said Executive Director Craig Culp. “These funds will provide scholarships for children, teens and adults with disabilities who participate in NSSRA’s year-round recreation activities and will assist NSSRA in purchasing accessible vehicles. We are grateful for the support of our community.”

Since 1997, NSSRA Foundation has raised over $1.8 million to benefit NSSRA programs and services. The Foundation has provided over $296,000 in scholarships since 2013, 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 fourteenth year, accommodates 27 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 1,800 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 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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