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 – Vicki Street, Vice Chair – John Coughenour, Treasurer – David Neiman, Secretary – Chris Goodsnyder
Directors: Dan Appelbaum, Michael Brandess, John Mann, Steven Markoff, Zack Raimi, Ben Rotman, Brian Teven
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or for additional details, please contact Foundation Manager, Sherry Prause at 847-572-2611 or email email@example.com.
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.
Participate in Fundraising Events
Raffle to play Golf at Chicagoland Courses
Purchase tickets for a chance to win golf at many Chicagoland Courses. Ticket purchase also includes a coupon for a free small bucket of balls for the driving range at the Deerfield Golf Club & Learning Center, and a chance to putt for $1,000 and a shot a $100,000 hole in one (if you attend the drawing on August 13, 2019 and your name is drawn to participate).
Linda Gryziecki College 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.
Check back here in December 2019 for the 2020-2021 Scholarship Application.
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 jacob 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 Jacob Rudin Playground.
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.