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General Press Coverage
November 24, 2017 – WGN TV, Organization teaches people with developmental disabilities to adapt in working world
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
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.
June 7, 2017 – CEL’s Chefs’ Night Raises More than $615,000!
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!
September 10, 2014 — The Center for Enriched Living’s Fall and Winter Lineup Features New Arts Program!