The Park District is conducting maintenance on its phone system on Tuesday, February 27 at 5pm. While efforts will be made to minimize disruption, patrons may experience intermittent interruptions in phone service, which could extend into the evening. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Meet Chicago Bears Legend, Lance Briggs, at the Champions Gala!!

January 31, 2024

Join the Parks Foundation of Highland Park for its sixth annual “Champions Gala and Charity Auction” featuring guest speaker Lance Briggs, 12-Year Chicago Bears Linebacker & Seven-Time Pro Bowl Selection. Enjoy a glamorous evening of signature cocktails from our open bar, phenomenal hors d’oeuvres, and a live and online auction!

Champions Gala & Charity Auction
Sat, Apr 13, 2024 • 6:30pm
Sunset Ridge Country Club • 2100 Sunset Ridge Rd, Northfield


Every year, hundreds of Highland Park and Highwood kids participate in Park District programs to become champions at making friends, building skills, and appreciating the joy of recreation. The Champions Gala celebrates the dedicated coaches and teachers who deliver these great experiences for our community’s youth with a memorable evening and raises funds for the Parks Foundation of Highland Park.

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Lance Briggs had a wildly successful 12-year NFL career, spent entirely with the Chicago Bears. Briggs was a seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. Eight times he recorded over 100 tackles in a season. Briggs was also a vital cog in the Bears team that reached Super Bowl XLI and he finished with a game-high 13 total tackles. Chicago originally selected him in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Arizona. He was a three-time All-Pac 10 First Team performer for the Wildcats.

In retirement, Briggs has served as an analyst for NBC Chicago. He is also an avid, lifelong comic book fan and co-created his own graphic novel, The Trap. Briggs is known for his philanthropic contributions, particularly through his foundation, Briggs4Kidz, and his commitment to mentoring youth through non-contact football camps across Illinois, Arizona, and Northern California. His impact both on and off the field solidifies his legacy as a revered figure in Chicago sports history.

Online Auction Begins April 1

Participate in the Champions Gala online auction including extravagant trips, luxury dining experiences, tickets to sporting events, one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, private wine parties, golf packages and more.

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All proceeds benefit the Parks Foundation of Highland Park, a 501c3 non-profit providing scholarships to ensure that all Highwood and Highland Park families can participate in Park District programs, and supporting and enhancing exceptional Park District projects.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gifting Sponsor

Auction Paddle Sponsor
Supporting Sponsors