Illinois Sports Facilities Authority
Through the generosity of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority - IFSA, for each of the past 15 years UCP Seguin has been the very fortunate recipient of the donation of a Diamond Suite at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. Facilitated by PJ Frayer, IFSA’s Office Manager and Administrative Coordinator, this contribution provides a beautiful venue for up to 30 guests of UCP Seguin to be entertained, thanked, cultivated for donations, and made more aware of persons with developmental disabilities – while otherwise enjoying fun at the ol’ ballpark with a special view of America’s pastime in action.
UCP Seguin’s mission is focused on enabling children and adults with disabilities to achieve their potential, advance their independence and act as full members of the community. To fulfill this mission the organization must raise funds from a variety of generous parties. In turn, UCP Seguin has made significant use of this valuable donation of ISFA’s Diamond Suite. It has been a wonderful tool for acknowledging our key donors and for cultivating potential new major donors.
For example, the IFSA’s Diamond Suite has served as the site for the kick-off for our now completed and successful Capital Campaign, “Building a Better Life”. It has allowed us to host the key members of our leadership group responsible for donating to and soliciting contributions to the campaign. It has been the host site for fundraisers to benefit people served by UCP Seguin. In June 2015 it is serving as the venue for the second “On the Table: UCP Seguin’s 100 Stories of Philanthropy” event. This is one of the several such events throughout the year to bring together and recognize individuals for their generosity, while providing to the public compelling stories of philanthropy that may stir them to similar action.
In short, this significant donation by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority has been just the right kind of venue to spur on support so needed to build better lives for people with disabilities.