Center for Enriched Living's golf tourney raises $245,000

  • Center for Enriched Living board members, from left, Howard Diamond, Jeffrey Greenspan and Deedra Darby-Jones, at the organization's 25th annual golf tournament presented by Lenovo.

    Center for Enriched Living board members, from left, Howard Diamond, Jeffrey Greenspan and Deedra Darby-Jones, at the organization's 25th annual golf tournament presented by Lenovo. Courtesy of Rich Reingold

 
Submitted by April Booze
Updated 10/19/2020 9:36 AM

The Center for Enriched Living's 25th annual Charity Golf Tournament presented by Lenovo exceeded expectations, raising $245,000.

More than 140 golfers joined in Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, for a day of golf at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove. The funds raised support CEL, a critical lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Typically, the golf tournament concludes with a dinner and program; however, due to COVID-19, the Fund the Need appeal and auction were moved online.

Information went out throughout the week about CEL's programs, which connect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to friends, learning, enrichment and community-based employment. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CEL has expanded programming options and started offering a full lineup of virtual programs.

Lenovo was the title sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors included: Arrow, CyberPower, Dell Technologies, HP, Palo Alto Networks and Proline Options, along with more than 35 others.

"At CEL, we believe that people with disabilities deserve the same quality of life as those of us without disabilities. We are so grateful to our sponsors who step up and ensure that CEL can continue to positively impact the quality of life for people of all ages with developmental disabilities throughout the Chicago area," says Harriet Levy, CEO.

For more than 50 years, the Center for Enriched Living, a privately funded nonprofit, has provided life-changing opportunities for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, recreational, educational, virtual programs and community-based employment. CEL is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership.

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More information is available at www.CenterForEnrichedLiving.org.

The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life.

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