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Stay up-to-date on developments at CEL through press releases, general press coverage and annual reports.

For all press inquiries or do a feature story on CEL or CEL members, please contact: April L. Booze, Marketing & Communications Manager at 847.315.9926.

Newsletters

Spring 2017 Update
Winter 2017 Update
Fall 2016 Update

Summer 2016 Update
Spring 2016 Update
Winter 2016 Update
Fall 2015 Update


General Press Coverage

November 13, 2017 – Chicago Tribune, Charities fear GOP tax plan could lead to loss of billions of dollars in donations

September 22, 2017 – Daily Herald, Program for Developmentally Disabled Adults Coming to Hoffman Estates

July 11, 2017 – Deerfield Review, The Center for Enriched Living Announces Dan Ripes as Board President

October 30, 2016 – Daily Herald, Program for special-needs adults expanding to Northwest suburbs

September 20, 2016 – Lake Zurich Courier, Golfers raise $425,000 for Center for Enriched Living

June 18, 2016 – Buffalo Grove Countryside, $3.75M Center for Enriched Living Renovation Should Improve Developmentally Disabled Services

April 8, 2016 – Deerfield Review, CEL’s Summer Camp 2016 Means Fun in the Sun for Youth with Developmental Disabilities

November 27, 2015 – Buffalo Grove Countryside, Maple Cafe hosts fundraiser for Riverwoods nonprofit

November 12, 2015 – Deerfield Review, 28 Years Strong – CEL Has Much to Be Thankful For This Season!

November 2015 – Chicago Magazine, Best Charities in Chicago – 20 Standout Nonprofits to Support this Season

April 23, 2015 – Lincolnshire Review, CEL’s Chefs’ Night is a Foodie’s Delight! Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

April 19, 2015 – ABC 7, First Responders Work to Ease Stress of Emergencies for People with Disabilities

April 7, 2015 – Deerfield Review, Removing Barriers and Transforming Lives at the Center for Enriched Living


Press Releases

The Center for Enriched Living’s 22nd Annual Golf Outing Hits an Ace!
Annual Event Nets More than $445,000!

August 11, 2017, Riverwoods, IL – The Center for Enriched Living’s (CEL) 22nd Annual Charity Golf Outing had another exceptional year, raising over $445,000, and bringing more than 230 golfers to the Twin Orchard Country Club on Monday, August 7. Each year the event builds awareness of CEL, a privately funded non-profit that provides a community of friends and a world of opportunities for nearly than 400 Chicagoland people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

NetApp/Tech Data was the title sponsor of the event for the first time. Additional sponsors included Arrow ECS, Promark & Nimble/HPE, Samsung Electronics, Skender Foundation, VMware, Dell EMC, and Veeam along with 80 other sponsors.

Golfers learned about the impact of their participation as they made their way around the course and in the evening’s closing program. “The golfers are here for a great day of golf. As they interact with CEL members at the event, we hope they will want to get involved at CEL and make even more of an impact in the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” says Randi Frank, Director of Development.

The evening’s program was full of energy with our featured emcee, Peggy Kusinski from NBC5 Sports and a riveting performance by Elliot From at ArtBeat Live that kept the audience engaged. CEL’s first employment client, Scott, shared an empowering speech about his experience finding a job with the help of CEL’s Employment Opportunities Program. Below is an excerpt…

“When CEL started the Employment Program, I was the first client. I met with David, CEL’s Employment Manager. He listened to what I was looking for a Customer Service position and helped me apply online. He helped me go through the interview process at Mariano’s and I got the job – a full-time job with benefits. I like having a consistent schedule, a paycheck and benefits. I have a job right now because of CEL and the help from David. Your support funds the employment service and all the other programs that CEL members need.”

“The support we receive from our sponsors and golfers directly impacts the quality of life for people of all ages with developmental disabilities,” says Harriet Levy, Executive Director. “CEL members are connected to friends and the community – including meaningful employment, skill-building programs and enrichment opportunities for members like Scott and 400 additional members.” Levy adds.

About the Center for Enriched Living

The Center for Enriched Living exists to enhance and enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – from youth through adulthood. CEL’s programs provide opportunities for our members to learn, grow and connect to the community in our newly renovated Universally Designed building in Riverwoods. CEL has been designated as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for 4 consecutive years. More information available at www.CenterForEnrichedLiving.org.


Past Releases

June 7, 2017 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Raises More than $615,000!

April 24, 2017 – Jeffrey Nemetz and Aaron Turner join the Center for Enriched Living’s Board of Directors

April 24, 2017 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Goes Whole Hog! 30 Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities!

November 3, 2016 – CEL’s Employment Opportunities Program Chips Away at Daunting 85% Unemployment Rate for People with Developmental Disabilities

June 7, 2016 – Universal Design Means Barriers are Removed for People with Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Enriched Living

May 16, 2016 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Raises More than $580,000 – Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

April 20, 2016 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night is a Foodies Delight!

April 13, 2016 – Don’t Miss Your Chance to Drive a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata GT for $100!

August 20, 2015 – New Fall Programs Announced at the Center for Enriched Living!

July 10, 2015 – The Center for Enriched Living Announces Shea Hart as Board President

April 23, 2015 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night is a Foodie’s Delight! Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

November 17, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Thanksgiving Dinners Provide Meals to Nearly 200

October 31, 2014 — Ogres, Goblins and Ghouls – Oh My! The Center for Enriched Living’s Annual Harvest Dance Provides a Spook-tacular Time!

September 10, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Fall and Winter Lineup Features New Arts Program!

September 3, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Hits a Hole in One!

July 9, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Receives Grant from Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

June 24, 2014 – The Center for Enriched Living Hosts Inaugural Firefighter Challenge Community Day

June 18, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Earns Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

May 23, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Chefs’ Night Fundraiser Brings Home the Bacon!

April 30, 2014 — CEL’S Summer Camp Provides Fun for Youth with Development Disabilities

April 17, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Annual Fundraising Maintains Strong Corporate Commitment and Community Support Continues for the 14th Year

April 9, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Partners with Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department for Blood Drive and Disability Training Event

April 4, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Welcomes New Marketing Communications Manager

March 24, 2014 — Macy’s, Inc. provides grant to The Center for Enriched Living supporting women with developmental disabilities

Newsletters

Spring 2017 Update
Winter 2017 Update
Fall 2016 Update

Summer 2016 Update
Spring 2016 Update
Winter 2016 Update
Fall 2015 Update


General Press Coverage

October 30, 2016 – Daily Herald Program for special-needs adults expanding to Northwest suburbs

September 20, 2016 – Lake Zurich Courier Golfers raise $425,000 for Center for Enriched Living

June 18, 2016 – Buffalo Grove Countryside, $3.75M Center for Enriched Living Renovation Should Improve Developmentally Disabled Services

April 8, 2016 – Deerfield Review, CEL’s Summer Camp 2016 Means Fun in the Sun for Youth with Developmental Disabilities

November 27, 2015 – Buffalo Grove Countryside, Maple Cafe hosts fundraiser for Riverwoods nonprofit

November 12, 2015 – Deerfield Review, 28 Years Strong – CEL Has Much to Be Thankful For This Season!

November 2015 – Chicago Magazine, Best Charities in Chicago – 20 Standout Nonprofits to Support this Season

April 23, 2015 – Lincolnshire Review, CEL’s Chefs’ Night is a Foodie’s Delight! Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

April 19, 2015 – ABC 7, First Responders Work to Ease Stress of Emergencies for People with Disabilities

April 7, 2015 – Deerfield Review, Removing Barriers and Transforming Lives at the Center for Enriched Living


Press Releases

The Center for Enriched Living’s 22nd Annual Golf Outing Hits an Ace!
Annual Event Nets More than $445,000!

August 11, 2017, Riverwoods, IL – The Center for Enriched Living’s (CEL) 22nd Annual Charity Golf Outing had another exceptional year, raising over $445,000, and bringing more than 230 golfers to the Twin Orchard Country Club on Monday, August 7. Each year the event builds awareness of CEL, a privately funded non-profit that provides a community of friends and a world of opportunities for more than 425 Chicagoland people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

NetApp/Tech Data was the title sponsor of the event for the first time. Additional sponsors included Arrow ECS, Promark & Nimble/HPE, Samsung Electronics, Skender Foundation, VMware, Dell EMC, and Veeam along with 80 other sponsors.

Golfers learned about the impact of their participation as they made their way around the course and in the evening’s closing program. “The golfers are here for a great day of golf. As they interact with CEL members at the event, we hope they will want to get involved at CEL and make even more of an impact in the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” says Randi Frank, Director of Development.

The evening’s program was full of energy with our featured emcee, Peggy Kusinski from NBC5 Sports and a riveting performance by Elliot From at ArtBeat Live that kept the audience engaged. CEL’s first employment client, Scott, shared an empowering speech about his experience finding a job with the help of CEL’s Employment Opportunities Program. Below is an excerpt…

“When CEL started the Employment Program, I was the first client. I met with David, CEL’s Employment Manager. He listened to what I was looking for a Customer Service position and helped me apply online. He helped me go through the interview process at Mariano’s and I got the job – a full-time job with benefits. I like having a consistent schedule, a paycheck and benefits. I have a job right now because of CEL and the help from David. Your support funds the employment service and all the other programs that CEL members need.”

“The support we receive from our sponsors and golfers directly impacts the quality of life for people of all ages with developmental disabilities,” says Harriet Levy, Executive Director. “CEL members are connected to friends and the community – including meaningful employment, skill-building programs and enrichment opportunities for members like Scott and 400 additional members.” Levy adds.

About the Center for Enriched Living

The Center for Enriched Living exists to enhance and enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – from youth through adulthood. CEL’s programs provide opportunities for our members to learn, grow and connect to the community in our newly renovated Universally Designed building in Riverwoods. CEL has been designated as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for 4 consecutive years. More information available at www.CenterForEnrichedLiving.org.


Past Releases

June 7, 2017 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Raises More than $615,000!

April 24, 2017 – Jeffrey Nemetz and Aaron Turner join the Center for Enriched Living’s Board of Directors

April 24, 2017 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Goes Whole Hog! 30 Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities!

November 3, 2016 – CEL’s Employment Opportunities Program Chips Away at Daunting 85% Unemployment Rate for People with Developmental Disabilities

June 7, 2016 – Universal Design Means Barriers are Removed for People with Developmental Disabilities at the Center for Enriched Living

May 16, 2016 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Raises More than $580,000 – Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

April 20, 2016 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night is a Foodies Delight!

April 13, 2016 – Don’t Miss Your Chance to Drive a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata GT for $100!

August 20, 2015 – New Fall Programs Announced at the Center for Enriched Living!

July 10, 2015 – The Center for Enriched Living Announces Shea Hart as Board President

April 23, 2015 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night is a Foodie’s Delight! Area Chefs Donate Signature Dishes to Benefit People with Developmental Disabilities

November 17, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Thanksgiving Dinners Provide Meals to Nearly 200

October 31, 2014 — Ogres, Goblins and Ghouls – Oh My! The Center for Enriched Living’s Annual Harvest Dance Provides a Spook-tacular Time!

September 10, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Fall and Winter Lineup Features New Arts Program!

September 3, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Hits a Hole in One!

July 9, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Receives Grant from Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

June 24, 2014 – The Center for Enriched Living Hosts Inaugural Firefighter Challenge Community Day

June 18, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Earns Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

May 23, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Chefs’ Night Fundraiser Brings Home the Bacon!

April 30, 2014 — CEL’S Summer Camp Provides Fun for Youth with Development Disabilities

April 17, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Annual Fundraising Maintains Strong Corporate Commitment and Community Support Continues for the 14th Year

April 9, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Partners with Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department for Blood Drive and Disability Training Event

April 4, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living Welcomes New Marketing Communications Manager

March 24, 2014 — Macy’s, Inc. provides grant to The Center for Enriched Living supporting women with developmental disabilities

Annual Reports

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