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Thursday, January 20, 2022

WDSRA: Eat, drink and be charitable


Whether in-person or virtual, WDSRA programs are making a real difference in the lives of so many participants and families. I say this not to pat ourselves on the back, but rather to extend a well-deserved high-five to the hundreds of supporters who make this possible.

Special recreation in Naperville (and the surrounding areas of DuPage County) is truly a community effort.

It takes the Naperville Park District providing space for our programs. Spaces like the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, Fort Hill Activity Center, Sportsman’s Clubhouse and many of the local parks where just some of our programs take place. Programs like our social clubs, adult day programs, sports programs, and more have a place to call home. In addition, there are numerous businesses who welcome our groups in for social club dinners, movies and special events. Their warm welcomes are like a big hug from a friend.

As I have said often, it is the people who make the difference in our programs. That would be the dozens of people who choose to share a few hours (or more) a week to work or volunteer in our programs every season. It is the enthusiasm they bring to every encounter that creates the experience. You could say they are our special sauce.

Last but not least, are the donors. Those amazing people who show their support by building lastly partnerships, making financial donations or attending events. Their assistance makes it possible to offer such a wide range of programs and to offer scholarships for those who would not otherwise be able to make special recreation a part of their lives.

To everyone who has had even a small part in bringing special recreation to our families, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

As part of the WDSRA family, we want to invite you to join us at WDSRA Foundation’s signature event The Bash held at the Abbington Distinctive Banquets on Saturday, March 5.  We invite you to join us in making sure every child, teen and adult continues to have access to special recreation.

Our theme this year … ACCESS. AWARENESS. ACTIVITY.

Together we can create a better quality of life for participants and families. You can make it possible for individuals to find friends and open opportunities that may not exist in other areas of their lives. You’ll not only be putting a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts, but you’ll be giving families the chance to enjoy the same life experiences that most of us take for granted. Your support offers a quality of life to those who depend on special recreation to grow personally, connect with peers and the community they live in as well as discover the world around them.

The evening includes: cocktails &dinner, a dessert bar (new this year), a robust silent auction, a very popular Wine & Spirit Pull, raffles, and a LIVE auction that includes some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As a thank you for your generosity, we are excited to announce dancing and entertainment provided by Thomas Linsk with his Mulberry Street Band.

Please join us for this exciting evening. This is a fun way to introduce your support of WDSRA to friends. It’s fun for you and it supports individuals and families who rely on special recreation to be a part of their lives.

To learn more about The Bash or to purchase tickets, visit www.wdsra.com or call 630-681-0962. To learn more about WDSRA programs or to apply to become a program staff member, visit www.wdsra.com or call 630-681-0962.

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Sherry Manschothttp://www.wdsra.com
Sherry Manschot is the Marketing/Public Relations Manager at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. She can be contacted at sherrym@wdsra.com. Learn about WDSRA at www.wdsra.com.

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