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WSSRA WSSRA event Bears vs. Lions Party

Calling All Football Fans!

Bears vs. Lions PartyWest Suburban Special Recreation Foundation (WSSRF) will host a Bears vs. the Lions Party on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at "Jimmy's Place", 7411 Madison, Forest Park. The scheduled game time and start of the party is at noon. The public is invited to this annual sport themed event. Tickets are $25.00 a person ($13 a ticket is tax deductible) and include antipasto salad, pasta with sauce pizza, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. Raffles, a mini-auction and cash bar will add to the fun of cheering the Chicago Bears on toward victory over the Detroit Lions! Proceeds benefit children with disabilities who participate in West Suburban Special Recreation Association programs.

"The WSSRA parent foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and additional staff for the WSSRA summer day camp programs. Each summer, WSSRA serves over 180 campers at 8 or 9 locations.

need close supervision because their impairments limit their self -care skills and attention spans. Some of our campers have seizure disorders, autism, developmental disabilities and behavior concerns. Trained camp staff is a necessity. WSSRA even
Bears Party Invite
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Day camp offers 6 hours a day, five days a week of summer-time fun. During our 6 week camp, children develop language and motor skills; build friendships, practice problem- solving and feel successful while having a lot of fun. Many of the children provides one to one supervision when needed. The “Bears vs. the Lions” fundraiser was designed to bring in additional funds to serve even more children in the WSSRA day camp program. The demand for camp increases each year," said Sherry Scouffas, WSSRA Outreach Specialist.

Call WSSRA at 847-455-2100 to reserve a ticket. Tickets are held at the door for those who reserve a ticket by phone and pay with a credit card. The public is invited to have fun while raising funds for WSSRA. This event’s chairperson is a parent of a WSSRA participant, John Mullins of Oak Park. Come join the fun!



WSSRA WSSRA event Wacky Quacky Duck Splash & Carnival of Fun

Wacky QuackyBring the whole family!

Carnival Games, Free Children's Crafts, Duck Race, Refreshments. Adopt a duck for a chance to win $500.

Saturday July 16, 2011. 2:00-6:00pm. Proksa Park in Berwyn, 3001 Wisconsin.

Download the flyer: (English) (Español)



WSSRA WSSRA event Wacky Quacky Duck Splash & Carnival of Fun

Fun in the SunBring the whole family!

For families and friends on Tuesday July 12, 2011 at the Forest Park Park District Aquatic Center.

Don't like to swim? Don't want to be seen in a swimsuit? Come socialize and meet other families.

Download the English/Spanish flyer (pdf) here.



WSSRA WSSRA event Fun in the Sun

The Competition is On!!!

Fun in the SunWest Suburban Special Recreation Association’s Annual “Fun In The Sun” Fundraiser has begun!!!

Check out our 14 participating establishments and stop in for a drink!!!

  • Berwyn Eagles, Berwyn
  • Buzz Café, Oak Park
  • Cabin Fever, Berwyn
  • Crystal Fountain Café, Franklin Park
  • Elmwood Family Restaurant, Elmwood Park
  • Family Palace, Harwood Heights
  • Garv Inn, Berwyn
  • Jimmy's Place, Forest Park
  • Molly Malone's, Forest Park
  • O’Donnell's Irish Pub, Franklin Park
  • Shannahan's, Forest Park
  • Twin Gyro's, Harwood Heights
  • Short Stop Bar, Forest Park

Purchase a “Kid Cutout” and help send a kid to camp!!!



WSSRA WSSRA event Come Join the Fun at the 10th Annual Derby Gala!

Representative Skip Saviano & Senators Don Harmon, Phil Rock and Marty Sandoval invite you to come out to Hawthorne Racecourse on Saturday, May 7, 2011 for an exciting day which Derby Gala 2011celebrates the Kentucky Derby while supporting the West Suburban Special Recreation Association.

The Hawthorne Racecourse opens its doors for the 10th year to WSSRA and its Foundation, WSSRF, as they celebrate their mission to provide year round recreation services for individuals with disabilities.

WSSRA’s is a special recreation cooperative made up of 9 parks districts and 2 villages.

All of the Mayors and Presidents of Berwyn, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Oak Park and River Forest serve on the Steering Committee to ensure the success of WSSRA’s largest fundraising event. The public is invited to attend but tickets are available on a first come first serve basis and may not be available the day of. Download and mail in the RSVP card to secure your reservation by April 20.

Turf Club Entrance Doors Open at 2:30 – 6:30 PM
Lite Dinner 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Open Bar 3:00 – 6:30 PM
Silent Auction 2:30 – 5:45 PM
Introductions & Program 4:30 PM
Kentucky Derby approx. 5:24 PM

Contest for Best Hat & Tie Contest!

You can support WSSRA by:

  • Attending the event
  • Donating or Participating in the Silent Auction
  • Taking an Ad
  • Making a Donation
  • Purchasing Raffle Tickets

More questions? Contact WSSRA @ 847-455-2100

Click on the attached RSVP card



WSSRA WSSRA event 2011 FlapJack Bunny Hop

FlapJackWHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2011

WHERE: The Pine Room at Ascension Church
601 Van Buren in Oak Park

COST: $1 (12 and under)
$5 (13 and up)

Call 847-455-2100 to RSVP




WishingMany of the items listed below represent needs that cannot be totally funded within WSSRA’s budget. Should you be in a position to make a donation of money or product, we would be most appreciative. We welcome donations from individuals, community organizations, businesses, and clubs and foundations.

Thank you for your consideration!

  • Adopt-a-program
  • Arts & Crafts materials
  • Printing Costs
  • Laminating Machine & laminate
  • Team Uniforms
  • Busses or Minivans
  • Office Supplies
  • Scholarship Funds
  • Flat screen TV for training
  • Portable movie screen
  • Juice boxes for programs
  • iPods
  • Water coolers/Ice chests
  • Raffle prizes
  • Day camp prizes
  • T-shirt sponsors
  • Sporting equipment & supplies


WSSRA WSSRA event Thanks to our Lekotek Voters & Texters!!

Lekotek VotersWhat a hardy group of texters and voters we had for 2 months. While we did not win funding through the Pepsi Refresh Project, we know for sure we did one thing well. We raised the awareness of the importance of play and the Lekotek programs.

Thanks again for your diligence and support of helping kids develop through play!



WSSRA WSSRA event Summer Day Camp 2011

Summer CampWSSRA’s 2011 Summer Day Camp is designed for participants ages 3-22, who have a disability and/or receive special education services. Your child must be 3 -22 years of age on the first day of camp to participate.

Day camp registration is conducted by a lottery. All persons who meet the age & registration requirements will be entered into the lottery. If you are not selected in the lottery for day camp placement you will be placed on a waiting list according to the order you were drawn in the lottery. WSSRA offers different day camps according to age and ability groups. Camp provides age-appropriate recreational activities while achieving these goals:

  • To involve your child in fun recreational opportunities.
  • To improve your child’s motor skills and overall fitness.
  • To encourage an environment where your child can succeed and build self-esteem.
  • To help your child maintain & increase language and self-expression skills.

Click the link below to download the flyer including the registration form (in English/en Español).

Summer Day Flyer




LekotekYou can Help by TEXTING and VOTING today!

  • Lekotek is a unique word for a play-based program which comes from Sweden
  • Lekotek helps families with special needs kids to celebrate their child’s abilities through PLAY
  • Due to funding cuts 20 Lekotek sites are in jeopardy

We have thousands of wonderful toys, some which are adapted that allow ALL kids regardless of disability to play, have fun and grow.
You can help us during the month of January by voting and texting each day to help us win the Pepsi Refresh Challenge.

For more information go to

TEXT 104886 daily to Pepsi(73774)!



WSSRA WSSRA event Staff Bowl-A-Thon

December 19, 2010

BowlathonMonies Raised:$2,166

We had a great time at our 1st Staff Bowl-a-thon. There were 24 teams present and we completely filled Circle Lanes 18 lanes in Forest Park.

Thank you for all the generous donations we received that day, the $2,000 raised will be used for scholarship money to help our families afford all the WSSRA programs they are interested in participating in this Winter. We can’t wait for next year’s event, Bingo or maybe a Poker Tournament – we will get word out to everyone as the date draws near.

Thank you for your support!! Click here to see the pictures.



WSSRA WSSRA event West Suburban Special Recreation Foundation’s 2010 BOWLATHON

November 21, 2010

The West Suburban Special Recreation Foundation’s Bowlathon, held on November 21, 2010, was a very fun and successful event. Participants and Bowlathonfamily members of all ages bowled together. A wonderful time was had by all.

Nancy Knudson raised an amazing $651.00 in pledge money. For the second year in a row, Nancy took home the prize as the Bowlathon’s top “MoneyMaker”. Also receiving prizes were Chris Nakatsuka, WSSRA’s top adult bowler with a score of 139, Anthony Ivery, WSSRA’s top child bowler, who scored 89, Christina Schutz who bowled 190 and was the top non-WSSRA adult bowler and Isabella White, the top non-WSSRA child bowler, who scored 90.

Margaret O’Rourke chaired the event and Betty Kurz coordinated the always appreciated “snack bar”. WSSRA staff is thrilled that $1,942.87 was raised to support special recreation programs and thanks Margaret, Betty, Foundation members and all who participated for their generosity and commitment to the Association.



WSSRA WSSRA event Geppetto’s Toy Box Shop and Share

Toy BoxNovember 16, 2010

It was a great night of shopping. The store staff was very helpful and explained all the toys customers were interested in buying. The store staff even wrapped the gifts for you at no extra charge. WSSRA is very thankful to Eric Masoncup for allowing us to have this event for the third year in a row




Makin Tracks Saturday, November 20, 2010
10 Swimmers, 3 Staff and lots of Fans!

WSSRA Stingrays attended the SEASPAR swim meet in Downers Grove on Saturday, November 20, 2010. It was our first competition of the season and it was awesome! 10 Stingray swimmers competed, and all 10 did their personal bests and dropped times in their events. Everyone took home ribbons and had a great time.

*Patrick McCarthy dominated the 50 Yard Butterfly with a 51.59, taking 1st place and doing his personal best!

Special thanks to all the staff that has helped out with the Stingrays this season and to all our fans and families who supported us at the meet! Thank you and Great Job, Stingrays!



WSSRA WSSRA event 2010 Fun in the Sun Final Results

fun in the sunThank you all for your participation!
14 Local Businesses Raised $3,403.00 To Help Kids Go To Camp

Here are the Final 2010 Results!

Jimmy’s, Forest Park, Most Money! $1,225.00
Family Palace, Harwood Heights, $836.00
Berwyn Eagles, Aerie #2125 $201.00
Buzz Café, Oak Park $200.00
Knotty Pine Inn, Cicero $180.00
Twins Gyros, Harwood Heights $150.00
Goody’s Fast Food, River Grove $178.00
Cabin Fever, Berwyn $128.00
Shanahan’s, Forest Park $80.00
Molly Malone’s, Forest Park $70.00
Armand’s Pizzeria, Elmwood Park $54.00
Garv Inn, Berwyn $47.00
O’Donnell’s Irish Pub, Franklin Park $41.00
The Underpass Lounge, Franklin Park $13.00
GRAND TOTAL $3,353.00

Thanks to all of you who participated!



WSSRA WSSRA event Makin’ Tracks 5K Run/Walk

Makin Tracks October 2, 2010 @ 8 am sharp
Concordia University, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest IL 60305

Come on out and help WSSRA make a big SPLASH! All WSSRA families are invited to run/walk in this 5K fun event. Thanks to the River Forest Park District & race sponsors WSSRA will once again receive the net proceeds from the Makin’ Tracks event. Each WSSRA family must have one person pre-registered for the race which costs $25.00. Additional family members are FREE.

Makin TracksRace registrants can register:

  1. In person at the River Forest Park District office, 401 Thatcher Ave, River Forest
  2. On-line at or by September 24.

Family Members who plan to come FREE must call WSSRA at 847-455-2100.

Wear whatever WSSRA attire you have. WSSRA will bring additional items.

Stop by the WSSRA booth on the Concordia Track before the race to check in.

WSSRA will take a group picture at 7:50 am.

New this year is a wheel chair division and Fun Dash held after the official run/walk. Call WSSRA 847-455-2100 for more information. Special handicapped parking will be available south of the track.



WSSRA WSSRA event Fun in the Sun

fun in the sun West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) is hosting the annual Fun in the Sun competition. This competition encourages patrons of local businesses to help send a kid to day camp by donating a dollar. Contributors are encouraged to write their name on a colorful kid cut out and post it on a wall.

Establishments in Berwyn, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Oak Park, River Grove, Cicero, Elmwood Park and Harwood Heights are joining the challenge in 2010.

Stop by one of our supporters, donate a dollar and post your name on a kid cut out!

fun in the sun

Jimmy's on Madison St. in Forest Park raised $1,426
in the 2009 Fun in the Sun campaign

Berwyn Eagles Aerie #2125
Garv Inn
Cabin Fever

Knotty Pine

Elmwood Park
Armand’s Pizzeria

Forest Park
Jimmy’s Place
Molly Malone’s

Franklin Park
O’Donnell’s Irish Pub
The Underpass Lounge

Harwood Heights
Family Palace
Twin Gyros

Oak Park
Buzz Café

River Grove
Goody’s Fast Food

For more information or to be become a Fun in the Sun site next year, call WSSRA at 847.455.2100.



WSSRA WSSRA event Wacky Quacky Duck Splash & Carnival of Fun


On July 17, 2010 WSSRA, along with the Berwyn Park District, hosted the 12th annual Wacky Wacky Quacky Duck RaceQuacky Duck Splash. 583 persons attended the event. $7,600 was raised. We would like to thank the following sponsors:

Premiere Sponsors: Children's Dentistry, Dr. Jerry Udelson, Kiwanis Club of Berwyn
Media Sponsor: The Mark News Online
Brochure Printer: Northwest Mailing Services Inc.
Gold Sponsors: Bugles Across America, Mr. Steven Fruth, Hawthorne Park District, R A James Construction
Silver Sponsors: Adolf Funeral Home, Amaro Family, Berwyn Development Corporation, C L O Technical Sales, Commissioners Amaro & Manfredini, Firestone Complete Auto Care, I.A.C.O.B., Ms. Eve Kelly, Ms. Mary McCabe, McCarthy Family, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Milburn, Nuwireless, Kathy & Christine O'Connor, Friends of Michael O'Connor, Shanahan Family, Ms. Susan Stall, Rober R. Andreas & Sons Inc., Donald J. Swiatek DDS
Friends: Mr. Chester Kowalczyk, Mr. Edwin Rann, Ms. Susan Wallace, Ms. Sherry Scouffas, Ms. Mary Gleason, Ms. Alison Hafner, Ms. Mary Stapelton, Mr. John Woods



WSSRA WSSRA event Private & Free Pool Party

Pool Party!Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Park District of Forest Park Aquatic Center
8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family.

A “Mini” Wacky Quacky Duck Splash will be held. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Each attendee will be assigned a duck number upon their arrival. Our cute little rubber ducks will be sent down the water slide into a chute. The top 5 finishers will win a duck to be entered into the Wacky Quacky Duck Splash on Saturday, July 17, 2010.

Don’t like to swim? Don’t want to be seen in a swimsuit? Come socialize & meet other families.

If it looks like rain, call 847.455.2100 x236 after 7:30 p.m. If we cancel due to inclement weather our rain date is Tuesday, July 20.

This is a family event. All children/teens must attend with an adult.

No RSVP required.


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For more information call 847.455.2100