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Guest Column: Support Rockford Park District Foundation

December 18, 2013

By Suzanne Berger and Lisa Alexander

We ask for your support of the Rockford Park District and its mission of Helping People Enjoy Life.

The Rockford Park District Foundation is in the business of making special memories for our citizens — whether it’s a first date at a Music in the Park performance, a family reunion held at one of our many neighborhood parks, or the first time your child scores a goal at a soccer match played at Sportscore One or Two, or meets a new friend at one of our summer camps. There’s no business like ours where we get to help people enjoy life.

For more than three decades, the Rockford Park District Foundation has been helping the Rockford Park District fulfill its mission of helping people enjoy life. Today, more than 40 percent of the more than 4,650 acres the Park District owns was donated. In addition, many, many gifts have been given in support of programs, fee assistance, needed services and goods. Contributions to the Foundation totaling more than $40 million since 1994 have helped sustain the parks, programs and facilities that you value. It has also helped build the Field of Honor, Olson Park, Aldeen Golf Club, Sportscore Two, Davey Johnson Accessible Fishing Pier, Eclipse Lagoon and Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

While our park district is supported by taxes and fees, there is a significant gap in what those funds can provide, and our citizens’ high expectations of the parks and recreation programs. We know that these programs play an important role in our community’s well-being. The Rockford area is better, healthier, economically more sound, and socially improved by green space, beauty and healthy recreational activities. It’s about quality of life for everyone.

Contributions may be sent to the Rockford Park District Foundation at 401 S. Main St., Suite 112, Rockford, IL 61101-1321 or rpfoundation.org.

Thank you for considering a gift to the Rockford Park District Foundation. Whatever the amount of your gift, please know that it is greatly appreciated, and it makes a difference in creating new beginnings that will last a lifetime.

From the Dec. 18-24, 2013, issue

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