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Lisle Partners for Parks welcomes three new board members

LISLE – In response to the growth of the organization and park district-wide financial assistance, the Partners for Parks Foundation added three new members to the board of directors this fall.

The foundation continues to support Lisle Park District residents through special events, fundraising efforts and the annual holiday light recycling program, according to a news release.

The initial vacancy for one board seat was posted in May following the passing of Lawrence A. Smith, a founding member, who had served on the board since 1999.

When there was an overwhelming response of applications, the eight-member board voted and passed the addition of three new board members. The new members were inducted at the September and October board meetings. 

They are: Lori Mandel, of Forest Envelope Company; Steve Bauer, of Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle, LLC; and Martha Nilles. All are Lisle residents.

While increasing the size of their board, Partners for Parks Foundation also experienced growth in the participation in the annual Scarecrow Scramble 5k Run/Walk.

“In October we wrapped up our ninth run. We experienced a 50 percent increase in online reservations and had over 675 runners registered,” said Lisa Leone, Scarecrow Scramble committee chair.

In November, the third annual holiday light recycling drive began. Worn strings of holiday lights are being collected at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, Community Center, and Wheatstack now through Feb. 1.

In addition to the annual Scarecrow Scramble 5k Run/Walk and light recycling drive, the foundation also fundraises through the sale of personalized paving bricks and Jewel-Osco gift cards.

The personalized paving bricks are installed in the path leading up to and around the entrance of Sea Lion Aquatic Park.

More information can be found at

For those who are in need of financial assistance from Partners for Parks, the application can be picked up at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center or found on the Partners for Parks website.

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