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Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

2013 Charlie Long Award Recipient- Will Grosch

picture of will grosch with awardEach year for the past 5 years, we have had the privilege of presenting a very deserving individual with the Charlie Long Award.  For those of you who didn’t know Charlie, this award is designed to celebrate those individuals who continue to live their lives in the remarkable fashion that Charlie lived his.  Charlie was an advocate for WDSRA in so many ways, but his advocacy spilled well beyond just WDSRA. Charlie was a community minded individual from start to finish; he supported so many worthy causes that helped to make the fabric of this Wheaton community incredibly rich.  When help was needed, Charlie would lend a hand. When a video needed a voice over, there was no voice stronger than Charlie’s. When a community cause needed backing, Charlie was there. He lived his life in an admirable way and as a result, he truly left this world a better place than how he found it.  Past Charlie Long Award winners include:

Scott MacKay (2009) --The reason this outing exists is because of a conversation between Charlie and Scott. We are so glad that WDSRA was part of that conversation and Charlie is to thank for that!

Doug Feldman (2010)—Doug is a long standing WDSRA volunteer who has coached countless sports teams for the agency.  It’s not unusual for Doug’s team to be filled quickly. When word gets out that he is coaching, athletes flock to be part of that team!

Jim Gallo (2011) –Jim is a former WDSRA Foundation Trustee and though he left the Board 2 years ago, Jim continues his support of the agency as well as his support of adapted sports on a wide scale!

Greg Bizzaro (2012) – Greg is a gentleman who truly gives freely of his time, talents and treasures not only to better WDSRA, but to make the world a much better place for those with Special Needs throughout the state of Illinois!

That brings us to this year’s awardee.  Our tradition has been to surprise the winner and to date, we have done so successfully!  Here’s to hoping that this year is no different.

I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing this year’s awardee for nearly 20 years.  I know firsthand of his work in the community and will long remember first meeting him in Glendale Hts., when I with worked for a different not for profit.  This gentleman came into the agency’s main office to inquire about supporting the signature event.  There alone is evidence that his community related work is not limited to WDSRA (and neither was Charlie’s). He’s given freely of his time, talents and treasures (as did Charlie). He steps up to lead on countless occasions, sometimes when he is asked, sometimes he just steps up…like Charlie did!

As a long time member of Kiwanis, it is very difficult for me to say this, but one cannot help but think of the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self” when talking about this individual.  When talking with a few colleagues of this person, the following comment was made: “I always enjoy listening to our club discuss an issue and then waiting for Will to weigh in with his thoughts.  He is a terrific leader, always had good sensible input and then leads by example with his involvement.  I know his opinion/involvement is greatly valued by the members of the club.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce you all to Will Grosch of Community Bank.  Will, congratulations on being selected as the 2013 Charlie Long Award winner by WDSRA.   We so appreciate that WDSRA is among the fortunate agencies to benefit from your generous spirit. Thank you not only for what you do for WDSRA, but thank you also for what you do for so many other not for profits in DuPage County.  Please join me in congratulating Will Grosch, 2013 Charlie Long Award winner!

The presentation was made by WDSRA staff member Lea Jackman.



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A new initiative by WDSRA designed to change lives by promoting healthy lifestyles!


Program Goals:

  • Lose weight
  • Improve overall health and wellness
  • Live an active lifestyle
  • Learn to shop for, prepare, and eat the right foods

Program Details:

  • Eight teams of two compete in a weight loss challenge for BIG prizesboxing picture
  • Fifteen week challenge consists of 10 weeks of direct WDSRA programming and 5 weeks of “at home” participation
  • Three program days per week: fitness day, nutrition day, challenge day
  • Work with certified personal trainers and a registered dietician
  •  Teams receive a “tool kit” at the start of the program designed to assist you during the challenge
  • Only $250 per team for everything

Important Dates:

  • August 5th: Commitment Date - Eligible teams are chosen to participate and commit

            to the challenge.

  • September 4th: Challenge Kick-Off - Teams embark on the challenge of a lifetime!


  • December 18th: Finale Event - Challenge ends, winners announced, and prizes awarded!

For more information about the challenge, contact Angie Kooima at 630-681-0962 or angiek@wdsra.com



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