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HPFSC Donates to SMILE

12/15/18 – The Highland Park Figure Skating Club (HPFSC) presented a donation check in the amount of $1,172 to the Parks Foundation of Highland Park for the SMILE Grant-in-Aid Fund at the December 14 Park Board Meeting.   The HPFSC held two fundraising events in November at Centennial Ice Arena reselling skating apparel and skates. Twenty percent of the proceeds from those events were donated to SMILE.  This is a wonderful example of how a group of young community athletes, the Parks Foundation, and Park District work together to give back to our community.

SMILE Grant-in-Aid  is a program of the Parks Foundation of Highland Park.  SMILE was created to enable families in need of financial assistance the opportunity to participate in Park District programs. Each year SMILE makes it possible for hundreds of residents to participate in camps, sports, lessons and fitness programs. SMILE is funded through generous donations from Park District of Highland Park residents and local businesses. In the last year, $100,000 in grants were awarded to over 85 Highland Park families through this worthwhile program.

Shown in Photo (left to right): Chris Maliszewski, manager, Centennial Ice Arena; Barney Ruttenberg, vice president, Park District of Highland Park (PDHP) Board; Julie Clarke, Highland Park Figure Skating Club; Brian Kaplan, president, PDHP Board; Terry Grossberg, commissioner, PDHP Board; Lori Flores Weisskopf, commissioner, PDHP Baord; Cal Bernstein, commissioner, PDHP Board; Liza McElroy, executive director, PDHP.