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 Annual Dinner Dance:


Event Sponsor

  • Anonymous
  • Village of Rosemont

Elite Sponsor

  • MB Financial Bank, Morton Grove

Prime Sponsor

  • Cicis Beyond Pizza
  • Des Plaines Park District
  • Groot Industries
  • Kappys American Grill
  • Steve & Laura Koller
  • Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation
  • Ron & Pam Lundin
  • Niles Park District
  • Vaessen Painting & Decorating
  • Brian Wismer Entertainment


  • ABT Electronics
  • Arlington International Racecourse
  • Athletes in Motion
  • Michael Barry
  • Suzanne Bear
  • Paul & Sue Betts
  • Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
  • Evelyn Boos
  • Bub City
  • Hugh & Joan Carlin
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Chicago Wolves
  • Costco
  • Mike Cummings
  • Golf-Maine Park District
  • Graziano’s Brick Oven Pizza
  • Pat & Jean Gross
  • Robert Heitsch
  • Maurice & Jan Hincapie
  • Joe's Live
  • Robert & Suzanne Johnson
  • Jump Zone
  • John Klapper
  • Representative Lou Lang
  • Michael & Lisa LoVallo
  • Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
  • Lynfred Winery
  • Rich & Madelynn Macur Brousil
  • Lou Malnati’s
  • Nick Marino - Century 21
  • Marriot Suites O'Hare
  • Representative Michael McAuliffe
  • Ray & Sandra McIntosh
  • Nancy Miner
  • Mike Molitor, Allstate Insurance
  • Mullarky Distributing
  • Ramona Nitzschke
  • Mary Ellen O’Conner
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Patti Paul
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Janet Porter
  • Mayor Andrew Przybylo
  • Dave & Toni Rich
  • Nadine Roy
  • John Richards
  • Andy & Anne Roiniotis
  • Kevin & Karen Rosienski
  • Stephanie Saunders
  • Steven Schwartz - Edward Jones
  • Skokie Park District
  • Sky High Sports
  • Larry Sorensen
  • Chris Statkiewica
  • Ron & Cheri Stein
  • The Bagel Restaurant & Deli
  • Fred Tokowitz
  • Jackie Walther
  • Barbara Watson
  • Tom & Angel Weiss
  • Glen & Mimi Wherfel
  • Margaret Wieser
  • Kevin & Peggy Wilson
  • Nancy Winans
  • Zanies
  • Russ & Deb Zbeb
  • Zia's Trattoria


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 (as pictured above right): (Back Row) Dean Strzelecki, Fred Minelli, Ron Lundin, Steve Koller, Larry Sorensen, (Front Row) Christopher Worthley, Dolores Stanton, Stella LiPomi, Suzanne Betts, Amy Przybylo and Ron Stein.


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.