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Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Seeks Sponsors, Donors for Annual Charity Dinner

About 400 people are expected to attend this year's dinner, which raises funds to help defer costs of programs for those with special needs.

Sponsors and donors are being sought to help make the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association Foundation’s 19th annual charity dinner and auction a success. 

The foundation expects that about 400 people will attend its 19th annual dinner and auction being held on March 9 at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn. This year the theme of the event is “Where Dreams Come True” and the dinner will have a “Mickey” twist, according to organizers. 

“This is a great way for businesses to reach a very receptive audience,” said Cindy Allston WDSRA development manager in a news release. “Our guests understand the meaning of a donation. They understand that the businesses contributing are doing so to support our organization in any way they can. This is definitely an audience with which you want your goods and services to be featured”.

The special recreation association serves more than 4,500 children and adults with special needs through over 1,500 programs, trips, and special events each year, according to the WDSRA.

Among the ways to donate and participate, the foundation is seeking contributions including:

  • Silent auction items: Such as event/sporting tickets, travel, etc.
  • Live auction items: For example, unique opportunities (chef for a day at a popular restaurant), big ticket items, vacation destination packages, etc
  • Product/service donations
  • Donate a bottle of wine to the wine pull
  • Family and corporate sponsorship levels are available

Through the foundations efforts, the recreation district is able to keep costs low and programs affordable, which it said is imperative, particularly during these difficult financial times. Families who use the WDSRA’s services often face additional financial burdens through medical and transportation costs.

For more information about the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, the auction or donating, contact Cindy Allston, WDSRA development manager, at 630-681-0962 ext, 132.

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