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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

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.


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

Deerfield Park District Board of Commissioners Liaison – Jan Caron


*Applications for new board members are reviewed in September/October as seats on the board are available. If you have an interest in serving on the board, please fill out the attached application and send it to or please contact Foundation Manager, Sherry Prause at 847-572-2611 with questions.



Participate in Fundraising Events

Moonlight Golf Outing – Friday, October 1, 2021

This event took place on October 1, 2021. The event sold out with participation from 60 golfers and had tons of sponsorship support! If you would like to be added to the list to receive information for future events, please email

view 2021 moonlight golf sponsors


Foodies Raising Funds – year-round

Dine Out Locally and Support the Deerfield Park Foundation. Mention the Deerfield Park Foundation and a percentage of your order will support Deerfield Park Foundation scholarships for people in financial need to attend Deerfield Park District programs and camps. 

Foodies events will be posted here!

November: Jimmy Thai’s

Dine Out Locally and Support the Deerfield Park Foundation on December 7 at Jimmy Thai


Support a Deerfield local business and the Deerfield Park Foundation on Monday, December 7. 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 wile dining in. When placing an order online add “Deerfield Park Foundation” to the special instructions section. Thanks for your support!

Enjoy dine-in, carry-out, curbside carry-out & delivery. Located at 405 Lake Cook Road – in the same parking lot as the Sachs Recreation Center.


Order Online 


July: Noodles & Company

June: Portillo’s

May: Chipolte

April: Potbelly

March: Jimmy Thai’s


Golf Raffle Par-Tee – July 6, 2021

List of Raffle Winners

Purchase raffle tickets to win golf at courses throughout the Chicagoland area!


  • Three tickets for entry into the Golf Raffle. Winners will be drawn on July 6, 2021 at the Deerfield Golf Club.
  • Entrance into a chance to putt for $1,000 drawing. To be entered into the second drawing you must be present on July 6 and check-in by 5:45 pm at the Deerfield Golf Club and Learning Center’s Clubhouse back deck. Two names will be drawn from those who purchased raffle tickets and are present at the raffle on July 6 for a chance to putt to win $1,000.

donate to scholarship fund

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, camps, After-School Club and more. To make a donation, please use the donate button or fill out a scholarship donation form below.

Donate Now Scholarship donation form

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.

The application will be posted in December 2021 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Purchase of a Bench or Tree in remembrance or recognition

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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