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Deerfield Park Foundation

Our Mission

Deerfield Park Foundation was established in 1983 to preserve and beautify the open space in Deerfield, to help provide amenities for our parks, and to offer financial assistance to those in need to participate in recreation programs provided by the park district.

Deerfield Park Foundation History & Purpose

Since 1983 the Deerfield Park Foundation has worked to improve and beautify the parks and facilities of the Deerfield Park District. The Foundation provides assistance for residents in financial need to participate in recreation programs, supports park development initiatives that enhance community recreation and has programs for remembrance and recognition. To accomplish its goals, the Deerfield Park Foundation solicits tax-deductible contributions and conducts fund-raising activities including two golf outings. Deerfield Park Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, recognized by the US Dept. of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public foundation operated for the benefit of the Deerfield community.

Board Of Directors

Officers: Chairperson – David Neiman, Vice Chair – Ben Rotman, Treasurer – Steve Markoff, Secretary – Brian Teven

Directors: Michael Brandess, Chris Goodsnyder, John Mann, Jason Merel, Zack Raimi, Victoria Street

Member Responsibilities

Board members attend meetings four times a year, provide direction and input for projects that benefit the Deerfield community and procure support from individuals and corporations to benefit the Deerfield Park Foundation. In addition, board members attend community events to share the message of the Deerfield Park Foundation and to garner support. We are currently seeking new board members. Please fill out the application and send to or for additional details, please contact Foundation Manager, Sherry Prause at 847-572-2611 or email



Grants-In-Aid (scholarships) / Be a Dear of the Park Foundation

As outlined in the Park Foundation’s Mission Statement, we help provide assistance for residents in serious financial need to participate in Deerfield Park District programs. Following are ways to participate. Many generous individuals provide funds for “Grants-In-Aid” by using the donate button below. Everyone is welcome to make a donation to our Grants-in-Aid program and to “Be A Dear” of the Park Foundation.

 Donate Now

Participate in Fundraising Events

Raffle to play Golf at Chicagoland Courses

Thank you for your generous donations to our 2019 Deerfield Park Foundation events. We hope you will join us again in 2020! Events and dates will be added in the coming months.

Moonlight Golf Outing

Thank you for your generous donations to our 2019 Deerfield Park Foundation events. We hope you will join us again in 2020! Events and dates will be added in the coming months.


linda gryziecki scholarships

Two $1,000 Linda Gryziecki College/Post-Secondary Institution scholarships, named to honor Deerfield Park District’s Executive Director Linda Gryziecki who retired in 2011 after 38 years of service, are offered each year – one to a graduating high school senior and one to a current college/post-secondary institution student.

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Purchase of a Bench, Tree, Brick Paver, Engraved Item or give a general donation

Recognition opportunities to honor, celebrate or memorialize your family member, friend or loved one exist throughout the park district. Please view our recognition page.


Kenny rudin playground

The Deerfield Park District is pleased to announce a partnership with the Rudin family foundation and their friends to renovate the playground located at Brickyards Park and name it as the Kenny Rudin Playground.

View Details & Donate Now

Donations supporting the programs and services of the Deerfield Park District may be made through the Deerfield Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nongovernmental entity. All donations are tax exempt as allowed by law.


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