2021 IPRF/Joint Section Golf Outing - UPDATE REGISTRATION FULL

The annual IPRF Joint Section Golf Outing is a great opportunity to enjoy a day of golf, fun, and networking! The proceeds from this event support the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation’s programs including scholarships which assists students and professionals in the field of park and recreation, the Special Assistance and Disaster Relief Fund for members in need, and diversity, equity and inclusion training for IPRA professionals.

September 17, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Tanna Farms Golf Course 39W808 Hughes Road, Geneva, IL 
We want to thank our IPRF Joint Section Golf Outing 2021 Sponsors: Laner Muchin, Ltd., Cunningham Recreation, PFM Asset Management, Speer Financial, Trane, PDRMA, Sikich LLP, Wight & Company, Associated Bank, Chicagoland Turf, Cody Braun, First Midwest Bank, Monroe Truck Equipment, NPPFA, and Tressler LLP!

Join Us In Thanking Our 2020 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: Ancel Glink, P.C. Platinum Sponsor: Cunningham Recreation, Gold Sponsors: Speer FinancialFifth Third Bank, PFM / IPDLAFCedar Path Nurseries LLC and Tanna Farms Golf Club, Golf Course Sponsor, Sign Sponsor: Divine Signs and Graphics, Inc., Awards Sponsor: Mighty Mites Awards, Golf Ball Sponsor: New Lenox Community Park District, Contest Sponsors: IPRA, IPRF, Charles Vincent George Architects, PBI-Gordon, Chapman and Cutler, PDRMA, WIght, and Divine Signs, Hole Sponsors: Hitchcock Design Group, Chicagoland Turf, Wintrust, Larson Equipment, Lifeguard Store, Luge Brothers, First Midwest Bank, Belissimo Tour, IPRA Board, IPRF Board, Cody/Braun & Associates, Henry Bros., Monroe Truck Equipment and Campfire Concepts, and all our golfers.

Foundation Grants $33,000 in Support for Members in Need

Five years ago, the Trustees of the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF) established the Special Assistance and Disaster Relief Fund to support the members of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) who have fallen on hard times. Little did they know how important this decision would become for IPRA members in 2020! 

Dedicated stewardship and generous gifts grew the fund and when an acute need presented itself due the pandemic, IPRF was able to offer two pandemic relief grants to IPRA members who were significantly impacted by COVID-19 or the subsequent economic downturn. Sixty-six (66), $500 grants were distributed to IPRA members totaling $33,000 in distributions!

“IPRF is committed to the support of the IPRA membership. It is during these times where it is critical for us to step up, lead the charge and set the tone. We need to make sure the IPRA members we serve understand we are here to lend a hand, a shoulder or financial assistance. Will you help us? Invest in your fellow professionals, especially during one of their most challenging times. This pandemic cuts deeper than just their careers, it has affected their families and livelihood.”   - Mike Kies, IPRF Chair

As we all know, the pandemic, layoffs, sickness, and health care costs continue. Hope for the pandemic's demise remains in our hearts and IPRF remains firmly committed to serve IPRA members throughout its duration. Thank you for your generosity and partnership in this noble effort. Would you consider a one-time donation to support a third round of relief grants in 2021? Thank you! We can't do it without you.

  121 Bids and $2,630 raised - Thank you!

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Inspire. Educate. Support.

We are fortunate to make our living in the very dynamic and rewarding profession of parks and recreation.

Regardless of the position you hold,  you are making a difference in the lives of your constituency. Though your journey is not over, we are asking you to Pay it Forward, to reach back and help equip the next generation of park and recreation professionals. How? Through a tax deductible donation to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation. The endowment is housed within the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation and only the interest earned can be used to support IPRA member’s educational and professional development needs. The principal will remain intact to ensure that the funds donated by individuals like you, will be used to help build the future of parks and recreation professionals throughout the state of Illinois for years to come.

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Sponsorships Available for IPRA Education Programs

The Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation supports IPRA education programs through financial sponsorships. Interested IPRA volunteer leaders should email Barry Franks at barry@ilipra.org no less than 90 days prior to the event date and include an explanation of the program details. Details should include, but are not limited to, the educational purpose and program format, potential speakers, fees, members to be served, estimated budget for the event, and expected educational benefits/results. See guidelines for further details .