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whAt’s insidE Tee Up for Downs New Faces at FVSRA Shining Star Golf Outing FVSRA Oswegoland Park Check out the Meet our newest District golfing and additions to the PAGE 4 sponsorship FVSRA team! opportunities. PAGE 3 PAGE 2 S TA R Enriching the Lives of People with disabilities Gazer spotlight from the Executive director iSSUe NO. 2 Welcome to the second edition of the Star Gazer! SUMMeR According to the meteorological calendar and of course the FVSRA activity schedule, 2009 summer is now in full swing. Weather conditions have been a bit misleading thus far, but despite a few rainouts and heat index challenges, activities are underway. new FVsRA Cub scout Pack We hope you enjoyed the first edition of the FVSRA “Star Gazer” sent out in the spring. coming in the fall Feedback from the Program Advisory Committee, parents, participants, and Board Members has been very positive. Please pass on your comments and ideas for stories. “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development Be sure to check out this edition’s features which include highlights of the FVSRA Talent Show held on May 15th. What a night and what talent! Our performers were outstanding organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people and truly provided a night of entertainment for all. If you know of anyone who would be that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of interested in performing in next year’s event, please pass their name on to the staff. participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The countdown is on for the 6th Annual Tee Up for Downs Golf Outing hosted by Chris and Christy Schultz in celebration of their son Layne. Reserve your place for golf, a The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a sponsorship, dinner or a donation contribution for the August 13th event held at Mill century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to Creek Golf Club in Geneva. building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.” The FVSRA Website is currently being re-created. Staff is hoping for an early fall debut for the much user friendlier and informational site. Watch for details coming soon. FVSRA is extremely excited to announce the start of our first Thank you to the St. Charles Mothers’ Club, the Batavia Mothers’ Club, and the North Cubs Scout Pack. The FVSRA Cub Scout Pack is a great Aurora Mothers’ Club for their very generous donations to the FVSRA Scholarship Fund. The Knights of Columbus Council #4849, Mr. Paul Flemming, and Ms. Joanne Solms opportunity for your child to become a part of a small group contributed to the Special Olympics programs and the Community Foundation of the that can learn, grow and gain confidence together as a pack. Fox River Valley contributed a campership from the former Optimist Club. We are very appreciative of all the contributions to our Scholarship Fund as the current economic times have been very difficult for so many of our families. Thank you to all who support More information will be availabe in mid July. our efforts. There will also be a round up meeting at the end of the summer to introduce the program. Enjoy the Summer edition of the “Star Gazer” and all the latest news of participants, families, and friends of FVSRA. If you are interested in your child becoming a part of the den Thank you for your ongoing support of Fox Valley Special Recreation Association. or wish to receive more information please contact Gretchen Anonick at 630.907.1114 ext.1215 or firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn J. Nagle Executive Director FVsRA talent Tee UP FOR DOWNS show is back! ChARiTy GOlF OUTiNG Contestants show off their hidden talents The judges and the audience The Sixth Annual Tee Up For Downs Golf rooted for the performers who Outing & Banquet Dinner will take place on showed off their hidden talents Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:00 a.m. Shotgun at the FVSRA Talent Show held Start at the Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva, in the spring. IL. The outing is hosted by the Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop of Fox Valley Aurora And talented they were! and the Schultz Family in honor of Layne Schultz to benefit Fox Valley Special David Kelly and Dusty Dickens entertained the crowd with two Recreation Association (FVSRA). dance routines to the “Blues Reservations are $125 per person and include 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, golfer gift bags, buffet dinner, Brothers” and “Boys are Back”, prizes, and raffles. Sam Hernandez made everyone laugh with a series of knock Residents, businesses, and individuals are invited to sponsor, donate, or attend this special golf outing. knock jokes and Amanda - Hole sponsorships are $100 Litton suprised everyone with - Convenience Cart sponsorships are $950 her incredible voice range - Lunch and dinner sponsorships performing the “Love Song.” - Prize donations are welcomed The show ended with a “Take Monetary donations in any amount are to be mailed to: me out to the Ball Game” song Fox Valley Special Recreation Association performed by all contestants and 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506 led by Katie Brems. Please make checks payable to FVSRA For sponsorships and golfing opportunities contact Hayden Howes at 630.907.1114 x 1220 or visit www.fvsra.org Annual Recognition Banquet FVSRA invites you to an “Evening in Paris” on Friday, September 25 Kristina Hensel performs a rhythmic gymnastics routine Get a taste of Paris’ charm at This evening is designed for all “An evening in Paris” the 16th Annual Recognition of our participants and families. 16th Annual Recognition Banquet Banquet, an evening of fine We are seeking sponsorship dining and dancing. opportunities to defray the cost Where: Pipers Banquets so that everyone can attend this 1295 Butterfield Rd We’ll recognize the individuals celebration. Aurora, IL 60502 who contribute to FVSRA’s success: the staff, the There are various sponsorship When: Friday, September 25, 2009 participants, the giving families opportunities available: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Winners of the 2009 FVSRA and the genereous sponsors and Talent Show: Dusty Dickens, donors. - Major Event Sponsor is $500 David Kelly and Amanda Litton - Event Sponsor is $300 Don’t miss out on the biggest - Table Sponsorships are $250 “We were in awe of the celebration of the year! - Award Winner Sponsorships participants’ incredible Register by Friday, September are $50 skills”, said Tracey Crawford, 11, 2009 for this enchanting Assistant Director and one of evening. the judges. “We can’t wait to see what they prepare next year.” TRiViA CORNeR how much do you know about FVSRA? Take the Trivia Quiz and email your answers to Gretchen at email@example.com or bring them to the front office by September 30 to be entered into a drawing for a $20 FVSRA gift certificate. The answers will be published in the fall issue of “The Star Gazer”. 1. When was FVSRA founded? 2. Who is the executive Director? how long has she/he been a part of the FVSRA team? 3. how many vans does FVSRA own to provide transportation? 4. Do you know the van “names”? 5. What is the “PAC”? 5 things to look for at 6. What staff member is responsible for Special Olympics? FVsRA new Faces at FVsRA Hayden is doing his graduate assistantship with FVSRA 1 Fall Programs Fall brochure will be available in August. Registration deadline is September 18. Register early to reserve your spot! 2 while working towards his Master’s of Science in Recreation Administration. Hayden received his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership from George Williams College of Aurora University. national therapeutic Recreation week His prior experience includes working as a Job Coach for Lambs Celebrate National Therapeutic Recreation Week hayden howes, Farm in Libertyville, IL. Recently Hayden has been appointed July 12-18, 2009 and promote Therapeutic Recreation. interim Superintendent Interim Superintendent. His favorite part of working at FVSRA is For ideas to help you plan your week of celebration Joined January, 2009 3 the positive interaction with the participants in FVSRA programs. visit www.nrpa.org Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to joining FVSRA, Pearce’s Ford Park Grand Opening of Oswegoland Park District’s Rachel worked as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at first accessible play structure St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center and Arizona State Pearce’s Ford Park Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Rachel’s favorite part about Tuesday, July 28, 5:00-7:00pm 4 working at FVSRA is getting to know the participants Rachel Begle, CTRS Rainday: Thursday, July 30, 5:00-7:00pm and their families, as well as, learning about the Special Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Recreation Associations in Illinois. Joined January, 2009 tee Up For downs Tee Up for Downs Golf Outing Gretchen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Mill Creek Golf Club Recreation, and Tourism management with a concentration 39 West 525 Herrington Drive, Geneva, IL in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University. Prior Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:00 a.m. 5 to joining FVSRA, Gretchen completed her internship at the historical Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in Georgia. She has been volunteering and Gretchen Anonick, CTRS Chicago white sox Game Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working with individuals with disabilities for over 10 years. Wednesday, September 9th, 7:11 p.m. gametime Joined May, 2008 Gretchen’s favorite part of working at FVSRA is spending First come, first serve registration time with the participants. For more information please contact Claire Kelly at 630-907-1114 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID AURORA, IL PERMIT NO. 437 2121 W Indian Trail Aurora, IL 60506 Ph: 630.907.1114 Fax: 630.907.1116 www.fvsra.org FVsRA shining star Oswegoland Park district inclusive Camp Opportunity We are proud and excited to be partnering with Oswegoland Park District by forming an innovative collaboration between the FVSRA Dream Catchers Camp and the Oswegoland Park District Southbury Camp Connection program. This collaboration allows for inclusive opportunities for all campers with and without disabilities to learn, grow and share the love for recreation together. Pearce’s Ford Park Accessible Playground Grand Opening The Oswegoland Park District along with the FVSRA invite the community to the Grand Opening of Pearce’s Ford Park. This exciting new playground is fully accessible to people of all abilities. Come enjoy hot dogs, music, and lots of fun! All ages are welcome to this free event! Pearce’s Ford Park Tuesday, July 28, 5:00-7:00pm Opportunity Knocks: BeCOMe A SPONSOR Rainday: Thursday, July 30 The mission of FVSRA is to make a difference in the lives of people with disabili- ties. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will inside continue to see improvements in the programs we next issue: offer. We invite you to be part of our success. Your commitment to helping improve the lives of peo- ple with disabilities in our community is sincerely appreciated. Special Olympic Updates Upcoming sponsorship opportunites FVSRA Wish List Tee Up for Downs Charity Golf Outing Trivia Corner Answers contact Hayden Howes at 630-907-1114 x 1220 FVSRA 16th Annual Recognition Banquet contact Marta Rees at 630-907-1114 x 1207
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