Fox Valley Park District

Fox Valley Park Foundation

101 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora, Illinois ● 630-897-0516 ● Directions


Promote conservation, health & wellness and social equity for the Fox Valley Park District community.


2018: Foundation Awards $43,000 in Grants to Recreation

The Fox Valley Park Foundation has awarded over $43,000 to nine recipients for 2018. These funds were sourced through the Foundations’ annual Golf for Kids fundraiser to help support recreational opportunities for the under-served youth in our communities.

Collectively, these grants will enhance and help fund programs serving over 7,000 individuals. Here’s how they break down:

  • Summer Stage Costume Grant – $2,300
    • The annual Summer Stage production is for performers ages 6 and up to showcase their talents in a Broadway-like production. This grant subsidizes registration costs by removing the $35 costume fee, opening the door for more aspiring actors, actresses and singers to chase their acting dreams.
  • Heroes in Health Grant – $4,400
    • The Heroes in Health program provides veterans a way of transitioning back into their community and engaging with other former service members through fitness, training and physical therapy. This grant would increase participant levels from 15 veterans to 25 total.
  • Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club Program Grant – $5,000
    • After-school program welcomes kids 8 and up while providing a safe environment and positive experience. Available four nights a week, with over 700 participants.
  • Sports Saturday Program Grant – $5,000
    • Sports Saturday is a free, eight-week program that gives children (grades 1-5) an outlet for active play during wintertime. The program is held concurrently at six elementary schools, and divided into morning/afternoon sessions based on age. Approximately 600 children participate each year.
  • Outdoor Adventure Club Grant – $5,000
    • This Red Oak Nature Center program helps 4th-graders in District 129 and 131 gain an appreciation of the natural world. Many students come from backgrounds where opportunities and outdoor play are limited. The OAC opens the door to new experiences while growing the students’ interest in outdoor pursuits.
  • Mighty Acorns Program Grant – $5,000
    • Mighty Acorns is an environmental education program that connects students to multiple, meaningful and sustained interactions with their local ecosystems. The program is designed for 3rd-5th grade students and can be modified for other grade levels.
  • Gone and Moved On! Program Grant – $5,000
    • To help schools meet requirements for the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Red Oak developed this educational program that is free to all schools and students within the District.
  • Summer Playgrounds Camp Grant – $5,800
    • Summer Playgrounds is a camp program that runs daily for six weeks in the summer at four different parks. Involving 150 kids each week, it is a diverse haven for children ages 6 to 11 that offers a setting for group play and camaraderie, social interaction and lifelong memories.
  • 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Program Grant – $5,800
    • Drowning is 2nd leading cause of accidental death for children. Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by third grade, chances are he/she never will. This program servers 30 new participants from a different school each month = 12 schools/360 participants annually.

Fox Valley Park Foundation History

The Foundation was established in 1981 as a not-for-profit corporation to help benefit Fox Valley Park District residents. The Park Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation Board is comprised of Park District Trustees and members from the community at large.

2017 Grant Awards

2017: Foundation Awards $42,000 in Grants to Recreation

The Fox Valley Park Foundation awarded eight grants in 2017, totaling $42,500 to help provide opportunities for recreation through programs, camps and other activities. The recipients are:

  • Fox Valley Junior Golf Academy – $12,500
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies program for veterans, $7,000
  • Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club, $5,000
  • Red Oak Outdoor Adventure Club – $5,000
  • Sports Saturday Program – $5,000
  • Summer Playground Program – $4,500
  • Summer Stage – $2,500
  • Summer Playground Police Picnic – $1,000
    2017 Total Grant Requests Awarded – $42,000

These grants will enhance and help fund programs serving over 7,000 individuals. The Fox Valley Park Foundation’s mission is to promote conservation, health and wellness, and social equity for the Fox Valley Park District communities. These funds were sourced through the Foundation’s annual Golf for Kids fundraiser in June. The 2016 event raised more than $50,000 to support recreational opportunities throughout the district.

Board of Directors

Fox Valley Park Foundation Board of Directors

Rachel Ossyra
Alex Alexandrou
Vice Chairman
Cintia Abney
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Matt Hicks, Jr.
LuAnne Kelsey
Joe Khouri

Fox Valley Park Foundation Staff

Jim Pilmer
Executive Director
Diana Erickson

For more information regarding the Foundation, please call or email Diana Erickson at:

Phone: 630-897-0516

Events and Fundraisers

Golf For Kids is the Foundation’s signature fund-raising event. Save the date for this year’s outing – Monday, June 26, 2017 – as we come together to create opportunities for kids to thrive. Click on the logo below for more information. View photos from this year’s event here.



Leave a Lasting Legacy

The Park District has several opportunities through which to leave a lasting legacy. Some specific contributions the Foundation has received include the following:

  • Commemorative Trees: Donors may choose to plant a tree in honor of a loved one. The memorial is installed by the Park District.
  • Park Bench Memorials: Start a legacy by placing a park bench that uses recycled materials in a serene setting with a loved one’s name engraved on it. The bench is installed by the Park District.
  • Legacy Endowments: Donors can create an endowment for the continuation of Park District programs or special events, such as the Friendly Center Club for active adults.
  • Scholarships: Fund a scholarship program, such as the Brendon Anderson Memorial Basketball Scholarship, to provide opportunities to children in need.

Commemorative Tree & Park Bench Memorial Application Form

Charitable Gifts

Charitable gifts may be made to the Park Foundation in cash, securities, life insurance or real estate. The donor may designate the purpose of the gift or gifts may be designated for the area of greatest need. Gifts may be made in memory of a relative or friend. Gifts of any size may be made under living trusts or by will to establish temporary or permanent funds for the use of both principal and income, or income alone. All gifts are deductible to the extent allowed under federal income, gift and estate tax laws.

  • Cash Donations: Your one-time or annual cash donation can be for restricted or unrestricted use.
  • Appreciated Property: Certain IRS rules must be followed for gifts of property. Appreciated property is deductible at its fair market value at the time of the gift.
  • Reserved Life Estate: Individuals who wish to donate land in order to ensure that it will be preserved for future generations may retain immediate possession. Even though the land is donated to the Foundation, people may (under certain IRS rules) use part of the property for their lifetime. An immediate tax deduction may be taken.
  • Life Income Gifts: In the giving process, certain trust documents may be of benefit to a donor. Income, gifts and distribution are all indicated in the trust document that may generate substantial tax and financial benefits for both the individual and the Park Foundation.
  • Life Insurance: A life insurance policy may be a gift to the Park Foundation. Instructions and a signature designate the Fox Valley Park Foundation as owner and beneficiary of the policy. The previous owner may claim the value of the policy as a charitable deduction.

For more information, call 630-897-0516.

2017 Meetings

The Fox Valley Park Foundation holds a series of meetings throughout the calendar year. Schedule and agendas are listed below:


February 13, 2017 / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

April 10, 2017 / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

June 19, 2017 / 4:30 p.m. / Cole Administration Center

August 14, 2017 / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

October 16, 2017 / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco  Community Center

December 11, 2017 / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center


February 13, 2017: Regular Meeting / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

April 10, 2017: Regular Meeting / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

June 19, 2017: Regular Meeting / 4:30 p.m. / Cole Administration Center

August 14, 2017: Regular Meeting / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

October 16, 2017: Regular Meeting / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center

December 11, 2017: Regular Meeting / 4:30 p.m. / Prisco Community Center


February 13, 2017

April 10, 2017

June 19, 2017

August 14, 2017

October 16, 2017

2016 Meetings
2015 Meetings
2014 Meetings
2013 Meetings
2012 Meetings
Programs At-A-Glance
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Ages 0-2
  • Ages 3-5
  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Active Adults
  • Leagues
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