Liponi Foundation

The Liponi Foundation for Special Recreation

The Liponi Foundation for Special Recreation was formed in 1990 to facilitate participation by children and adults with disabilities in recreation programs. The Foundation was named after the late Sam Liponi, whose family, since 1985, has very generously donated to M-NASR.


The Liponi Foundation for Special Recreation is a not-for-profit, tax exempt Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to provide support to the Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation in its efforts to provide recreational and leisure programs for individuals with disabilities. The Foundation also grants support for other needs of the Association when possible.

Many thanks to the groups and individuals who supported the Liponi Foundation's 2017 Mini Golf Event on August 16:


Event Sponsor: Skokie Park District

Premier Sponsor ($200+)

    • Brookfield Zoo
    • Century 21 - Marino Realtors
    • Cozzini PRIMEdge
    • Des Plaines Park District & Park Board of Commissioners
    • Fred Tokowitz
    • G & L Contractors, Inc.
    • MB Financial Bank, Morton Grove
    • Morton Grove Park District
    • Mr. Floor Companies
    • Niles Park District
    • Park Ridge Park District
    • Pat Gross Family
    • Ron & Cherie Stein
    • Rudy's Cycle & Fitness
    • Steven B. Schwartz @ Edward Jones & Co.
    • The Betts Family
    • The Clark-Halladay Memorial Foundation
    • The Rauch Family
    • Tolzien's Auto Service, Inc.

Platinum Sponsor ($125)

    • Ancil, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni
    • Fraternal Order of Police Park Ridge, Lodge 16
    • Larry Sorensen
    • LiPomi-Worthley-Rich Family
    • R & G Consultants
    • Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation
    • Ron & Pam Lundin
    • Niles Park District
    • The Stanton Family
    • Vaessen Painting & Decorating
    • Brian Wismer Entertainment

Gold Sponsors

    • Bringer Inn
    • The Choi Family
    • Hugh & Joan Carlin
    • Golf-Maine Park District
    • Village of Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation Dept.

Friends of Liponi

    • Anonymous
    • Admiral Security Services, Inc.
    • Dave & Toni Rich
    • Dean & Laurie Strzelecki
    • The Fabbri Family
    • Jacqueline Walther
    • James & Martha Callero
    • John & Theresa Brady
    • The Lenart Family
    • Ramona Nitzschke
    • Richard & Madelynn Macur Brousil
    • Stuart Duncan
    • Nicholas & Linda Barnicke

Raffle Donors

      • Cafe Touche
      • Zia's Trattoria
      • Classic Cinemas
      • Des Plaines Park District
      • Graziano's Brick Oven Pizza
      • Niles Park District
      • The Bagel Restaurant


The Liponi Foundation helps to provide support to M-NASR in many ways. Here are a few examples:

vehiclesWheelchair-Accessible Vehicles:
The Foundation works to provide a fleet of wheelchair-accessible vehicles to transport participants to daily activities and events. Without these vehicles, many participants would not be able to attend these events. The Foundation purchases new vehicles with the latest safety equipment so that the most current safety standards are met.


In an effort to assure that participants can attend summer day camps, activities and programs throughout the year, the Foundation works to provide scholarship funds. Without these needed funds, some of the participants would not be able to enjoy any of M-NASR’s special recreation programs or activities.


special eventsSpecial Events:
The Liponi Foundation sponsors two annual special events for M-NASR participants, the End-of-the-Summer Party and the Halloween Dance. These events are totally underwritten by the Foundation, and M-NASR participants look forward to the fun festivities. The Liponi Foundation trustees volunteer at these events

to provide extra helping hands.


uniforms 2Equipment:
Additionally, the Foundation purchases athletic uniforms, recreational equipment and some specialty items as requested by

M-NASR Staff.


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Each and every contribution, regardless of type or size, is significant because it helps keep services accessible and affordable and gives everyone the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle! Donate today!

The following individuals make up the Board of Trustees for the Liponi Foundation: Suzanne Betts, Julie Genualdi, Steve Koller, Stella LiPomi, Ron Lundin, Edward Malek, Deborah Manno, Fred Minelli, Toni Rich, Larry Sorensen, Dolores Stanton, Ron Stein, Dean Strzelecki, Christopher Worthley, and Marlene Worthley.


For additional information on the Liponi Foundation, volunteering, or future events, please contact Stella LiPomi, Liponi Liaison or Peggy Wilson, M-NASR Development Officer at 847-966-5522. If you would like to make a donation to the Liponi Foundation, please send it to: Liponi Foundation for Special Recreation, 6820 W. Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053, Attention: Peggy Wilson.