At the Deerfield Park District Board of Commissioners Meeting on Thursday, March 17, Illinois Park and Recreation Association/ Illinois Association of Park District Community Service Awards were presented to local volunteers Amy Brodsky, Jason Wadler and Family, Sarah Kettlewell, Lorraine Jette, Leo Carter and Sid Moore, who have given their time, talent and treasure to the Deerfield Park District. These awards are “In recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure in the community and the state of Illinois.”
Dr. Amy Brodsky and her Foundation generously donated over $30,000 to the park district for the purchase and installation of shade structures at the Preschool Playground at Jewett Park and towards shade structures to be installed at the Deerspring Splash pad scheduled to open this summer. Amy certainly had many choices of where to donate these funds and we are extremely grateful that local Deerfield children will benefit from the gift and support of needed sun protection.
Jason Wadler and his family contacted the district to measure the interest in receiving Little Free Library units to place in Deerfield parks. The libraries are in honor of his mother, Karen Wadler, a life-long educator and librarian for North Shore children. Together the Wadler’s and the park district identified 4 locations where new libraries were installed. The Wadler’s donated the units and even stocked them with books!
Sarah Kettlewell’s time, effort and interest in assisting the Deerfield Park District with beginning a beekeeping program has not gone unnoticed. Without Sarah, getting this program off the ground would have been a daunting task. Having a dedicated professional to maintain the beehives at the park district provides a strong foundation for environmental stewardship and we look forward to working with her as we begin our second beekeeping season.
Lorraine Jette and Leo Carter generously support the Patty Turner Center through their involvement as the President and Vice-President of the Members Council. We are so appreciative of their time, effort and great ideas that allow the Patty Turner Center to continue to grow and be a premier center for active older adults in the North Shore.
Sid Moore- A true leader of the Patty Turner Center Club Golf League. Sid’s tireless efforts coordinating, scheduling and understanding the many challenging golfers’ needs has warranted this recognition. Without Sid’s diligence over the past season and 6 seasons prior to that, this group would not have been able to remain a consistent organized league at the Deerfield Golf Club. We applaud and want to thank Sid for all he has done to take the reins of the PTC League and his support of the Deerfield Golf Club and FORE Restaurant.