2022 IPRF/Joint Section Golf Outing

**The annual IPRF Joint Section Golf Outing was a huge success** with 132 golfers playing at Tanna Farms Golf Club in Geneva on a beautiful Friday morning in September. The money raised through tickets and sponsorships will support the initiatives of the [Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation](https://www.iliprf.org/) in the areas of scholarship, assistance programs, and initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Thank you to our event sponsors: a5 Digital and Branding, Ancel Glink, Associated Bank, Balanced Environments, Bass/Schuler Entertainment, Belissimo Golf Tour, Cedar Path Nurseries, Campfire Concepts, Chicagoland Turf, Cody/Braun & Associates, LLC, Cunningham Recreation, Design Perspectives, Divine Signs, Engineering Resource Associates, FGM Architects, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc., GovHR, Greg Petry Consulting, ForeverLawn Chicago, Henry Bros. Co., JSD Professional Services, Lauterbach and Amen, Luge Brothers, NPPFA Benefits, Old National Bank, PDRMA, PFM Asset Management, LLC, Proven, RAM Communications, Inc., Sikich, Speer Financial, Tressler LLP, Upland Design Ltd., Wight & Company, Women in Leisure Services, and Wintrust.

 

The success of this fundraiser is directly tied to the hard work and talents of the IPRF Golf Outing Committee. Thanks to all who helped with this year’s event: Josh Hendricks, Ethan Williams, Mark Dolphin, Kim Laper, Duane Smith, Leisa Nevins, Lauren Jevaney, Dave Littwin, Kevin Romejko, Jon Beckman, Steve Bessette, Dave Dillon, Bill McAdam, Mike Selep, and Golf Committee Chair Tim Reinbold.

 

 

Sponsorships Available for Education Programs

The Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation supports education programs through financial sponsorships. Interested volunteer leaders should email Barbara Arango, CAE, Executive Director at [email protected] no less than 90 days prior to the event date and include an explanation of the program details. Details should include, but are not limited to, the educational purpose and program format, potential speakers, fees, members to be served, estimated budget for the event, and expected educational benefits/results. See guidelines for further details .

Inspire. Educate. Support.

We are fortunate to make our living in the very dynamic and rewarding profession of parks and recreation.

Regardless of the position you hold,  you are making a difference in the lives of your constituency. Though your journey is not over, we are asking you to Pay it Forward, to reach back and help equip the next generation of park and recreation professionals. How? Through a tax deductible donation to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation. The endowment is housed within the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation and only the interest earned can be used to support IPRA member’s educational and professional development needs. The principal will remain intact to ensure that the funds donated by individuals like you, will be used to help build the future of parks and recreation professionals throughout the state of Illinois for years to come.

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Foundation Grants $33,000 in Support for Members in Need

  Five years ago, the Trustees of the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF) established the Special Assistance and Disaster Relief Fund to support the members of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) who have fallen on        hard times. Little did they know how important this decision would become for IPRA members in 2020! 

  Dedicated stewardship and generous gifts grew the fund and when an acute need presented itself due the pandemic, IPRF was able to offer two pandemic relief grants to IPRA members who were significantly impacted by COVID-19 or the              subsequent economic downturn. Sixty-six (66), $500 grants were distributed to IPRA members totaling $33,000 in distributions!

  “IPRF is committed to the support of the IPRA membership. It is during these times where it is critical for us to step up, lead the charge and set the tone. We need to make sure the IPRA members we serve understand we are here to lend a              hand,  a shoulder or financial assistance. Will you help us? Invest in your fellow professionals, especially during one of their most challenging times. This pandemic cuts deeper than just their careers, it has affected their families and livelihood.”      - Mike Kies, IPRF Chair

  As we all know, the pandemic, layoffs, sickness, and health care costs continue. Hope for the pandemic's demise remains in our hearts and IPRF remains firmly committed to serve IPRA members throughout its duration. Thank you for your            generosity and partnership in this noble effort. Would you consider a one-time donation to support a third round of relief grants in 2021? Thank you! We can't do it without you.



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