The following release was provided by the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Foundation.
On Wednesday, August 15th, over 300 Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) participants and family members along with partners and supporters of the local organization gathered at to celebrate the summer season and the fun and friendship that makes being a part of the NSSRA family so special.
"This was our third annual Summer Bash, and I think it was the best ever," said Craig Culp, Executive Director of NSSRA. "The bash is such a wonderful way to celebrate our NSSRA family. I want to thank the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Foundation (NSSRF) for making such a wonderful evening possible for everyone."
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Founded in 1970, NSSRA serves over 1,600 area children and adults with physical, developmental, emotional or other disabilities. The programs and services offered by NSSRA and its partner agencies enhance lives, foster friendships, build skills, and create the kinds of experiences that make for a fuller, richer lives.
“Most of us do not think twice about taking a class, going camping, having dinner at a restaurant, or attending a sporting event," said Rick LaChapelle, NSSRA parent and President of the NSSRF Board of Directors. "For people with disabilities, making these kinds of recreational choices isn't always so simple. With NSSRA's help, my son has been able to do all these things and more - all while making great friends along the way. I'm proud to be an NSSRA parent, and so pleased to support the Foundation which among its many efforts helps make events like the Bash possible."
The evening featured a delicious barbecue dinner catered by Stashs of Highland Park and dancing to the sounds of Chicago's Final Say.
NSSRA has over 800 recreational, sport, cultural, social, and leisure offerings available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. NSSRA's inclusion support option provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy full participation in partner agency programs while receiving the individualized one-on-one support they need to succeed. Through its programs and services, NSSRA removes the barriers that might prevent an individual with disabilities from full participation in the fun and richness of experience that life has to offer.
For more information about NSSRA or to learn how to make a donation to the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Foundation, visit www.nssra.org or call (847) 509-9400.
ABOUT NSSRF -- NSSRF is the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Foundation, the supporting foundation behind NSSRA, the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association. While NSSRA gratefully receives the majority of its funding from its partner agencies, NSSRF is there to bridge the financial gaps that remain. Through its fundraising efforts, NSSRF is able to provide NSSRA with financial support it needs for program scholarships, special events, transportation vehicles, and more. Since 1996, NSSRF has generously provided over $1,000,000 worth of support to further the mission of NSSRA. NSSRF received the 2011 "Excellence In Service" award from Illinois Park and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section (ITRS). For more information about NSSRA or its supporting foundation, NSSRF, visit www.nssra.org.
ABOUT NSSRA: The Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is an organization which provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children and adults with disabilities who live in its partner communities. NSSRA is an intergovernmental partnership of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago. It includes intergovernmental partnerships with 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. For more information, visitwww.nssra.org.