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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. 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: Jeremy Baras, Michael Brandess, Chris Goodsnyder, John Mann, Pat McFarlane, 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




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 scholarships by using the donate button below. Everyone is welcome to make a donation to our scholarship program.

Donate Now Scholarship donation form

Participate in Fundraising Events

Dine Out Locally and Support the Deerfield Park Foundation on March 1 at Jimmy Thai


Support a Deerfield local business and the Deerfield Park Foundation on Monday, March 1. The foundation will receive 25% of the purchase from all orders made when you mention “Deerfield Park Foundation” when placing your order over the phone and when placing an order online add “Deerfield Park Foundation” to the special instructions section. Thanks for your support!

No Dine-in yet at Jimmy Thai. Enjoy carry-out, curbside carry-out & delivery. Located at 405 Lake Cook Road – in the same parking lot as the Sachs Recreation Center.


Order Online 


*We hope to offer a Moonlight Golf Outing in 2021! Check back here for details in 2021.


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.


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.


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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