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                                                                                 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
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                                                                              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 gretchena@fvsra.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 gretchena@fvsra.org 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!




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                           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




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                           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




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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.




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                                    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
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 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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