Waukegan Parks Foundation to Host Party for the Parks Fundraiser on Leap Day

Feb 13
Tuesday, February 13th 2024

Waukegan, Illinois (February 13, 2024) – The Waukegan Parks Foundation is hosting the Party for the Parks Fundraiser on Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Adaptive Recreation Center, located at 540 S. McAlister Avenue in Roosevelt Park. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit initiatives that enhance parks and recreation opportunities in Waukegan.

The Party for the Parks Fundraiser will feature food, drinks, drawings, and live music by Waukegan Public Schools’ Mariachi Estrellas. A silent auction will give attendees the opportunity to bid on items donated by community partners. Tickets are $65 per person in advance or $75 per person at the door.

New this year, honey harvested in Waukegan will be available for a donation at the Party for the Parks Fundraiser. Pollinator Park, located 3552 Winhaven Driven, is home to the Waukegan Parks Foundation’s pollinator project, which includes honeybee hives that produced honey in 2023. The pollinator project provides a hands-on and educational experience for the community.

The Waukegan Parks Foundation is a not-for-profit that serves as a partner and fundraising organization for the Waukegan Park District. Their mission is to strengthen the minds and bodies of community members, build community image and pride, and ensure access to parks, programs, and facilities for all while being financially and environmentally sound.

Charlotte Callahan Wozniak, President of the Waukegan Parks Foundation, stated, “The Waukegan Parks Foundation is grateful for the support from the community. As an all-volunteer organization, the funds raised through the Party for the Parks Fundraiser support the organization’s growth and impact local children and their families through park projects and recreation programs.”

Jeremiah Johnson, President of the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners, stated, “The Waukegan Park District is thankful for the ongoing efforts led by the Waukegan Parks Foundation. From a water safety initiative serving thousands of local students to financial support for park projects, they are making a remarkable difference in the community. It is our turn to support them.”

Jay Lerner, Executive Director of the Waukegan Park District, stated, “Since its founding in 2014, the Waukegan Parks Foundation has been committed to raising funds that have contributed to the success of recreation programs and capital projects in the parks. The Waukegan Park District is proud to have a positive and strong partnership with this philanthropic organization that is devoted to the community.”

The Party for the Parks Fundraiser is sponsored by American Place Casino, E4TheFuture, Louis Glunz Wines, Commissioner Anton L. Mathews, North Shore Printers Inc., Waukegan Computer, and Toluca’s Restaurant. More information, including tickets, is available at waukeganparks.org/party.

About the Waukegan Park District

Established on December 26, 1916, the Waukegan Park District (WPD) has 53 properties and more than 742 acres of land, including the 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. Properties are managed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Facilities operated by the WPD include the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center, Waukegan’s Greg Petry SportsPark, Waukegan Skate Park, BMX Track, SplashZone, Percussion Playground, recreational centers, disc golf course, dog exercise area and agility course, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, splash pads, and sports courts including basketball, tennis and pickleball. A full range of programs and services are offered year-round for all ages, from infants to seniors, as well as special need populations. Healthy lifestyles, wellness initiatives, and a connection with the outdoors and nature are integrated throughout programs, services, and special events. Arts and cultural activities are provided by the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, and the Waukegan History Museum. We offer something for everyone!

A member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), and the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), the WPD employs 73 full-time and 219 part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees and is recognized by the IPRA as an Exceptional Workplace.

Nationally accredited by the NRPA Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and State accredited through the IAPD Distinguished Agency Accreditation, the WPD has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Triple Crown Award for receiving the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The WPD was awarded the NRPA National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2013, and was named a Gold Medal Finalist in 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Media Contact
Josue Pasillas, MPA
Communications Supervisor
Waukegan Park District
(847) 360-4789