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Parks Foundation

The Bartlett Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization created in 2002 to help support the mission of the Bartlett Park District for items that are not usually financed by tax dollars. These items include funding Resident Financial Aid Scholarships, environmental educational programs, artwork for the community, and other charitable activities. The Foundation is led by a Board of Trustees comprised of active civic members of the community who are appointed to a three-year term. For more information about the Bartlett Parks Foundation contact Stephanie Baxter, Executive Assistant at (630) 540-4824.

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AmazonSmile Program

Did you know that you can donate to the Bartlett Parks Foundation through your regular Amazon shopping? Go to AmazonSmile, search for the Bartlett Parks Foundation, save this as your AmazonSmile charitable recipient. Amazon will give 0.5% of your purchase price to your selected charity. Every dollar helps us reach our $800,000 goal to build the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground so children of ALL abilities can play, socialize, and embrace being a child. Share this information with your friends and together we can make a difference.

Free to Be Me Inclusive Playground

The Bartlett Parks Foundation is raising funds to build an inclusive playground in Bartlett Park that would be accessible to everyone and bridge the gap in play. Those wishing to take part and join in making this dream possible are encouraged to donate directly to the Bartlett Parks Foundation, 696 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett, IL 60103. The Bartlett Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information please call Stephanie Baxter at 630-540-4824. See the video below on how this playground can make a difference.

Sponsorship Packet

Bringing the project to life VIDEO


The foundation leads a membership drive throughout the year to raise funds. The funds help to sustain the Foundation and allow the opportunity for it to provide charitable activities to benefit the community as a whole. Annual contributions of $100 or above are recognized through the Giving Tree located in the Bartlett Community Center with an inscribed leaf. Additionally you can honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or recognize your family or corporation with the engraved leaf on the Giving Tree.  

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Since 2002 the foundation has donated over $25,000 to the Bartlett Park District Financial Aid Scholarship program, purchased a variety of art pieces displayed in the community Center, installed bronze statues in a variety of Bartlett parks and facilities, supported events like Earth Day, and partnered with the Park district to provide family fun events. The foundation is currently focusing their fundraising efforts on building an inclusive playground.  


The Bartlett Parks Foundation hosts several special fundraising events throughout the year including the Fourth of July Turbo Turtle Race, Twilight Golf Outing, Earth Day, Wine and Beer Tasting,  and more. Proceeds from Foundation fundraisers go towards the Bartlett Park District’s Financial Aid Scholarship Fund, educational programs for the Bartlett Nature Center, artwork for the community to enjoy, and other charitable activities.

Event Sponsor

Throughout the year the Foundation looks to businesses and individuals to help support their endeavors. Financial donations toward special fundraising events or in-kind donations for raffle prizes are always welcome. For more information on sponsoring events or donating prizes to the Foundation, please contact the Executive Assistant at (630) 540-4824.

Wine and Beer Tasting: February 23, 2018

This fundraising event held at Villa Olivia is open to ages 21 and over and includes beverage tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, raffle, and live entertainment by Blonde on Board duo Tammy and Ric. Register at Bartlett Community Center or through PayPal at http://bartlettparksfoundation.org/events/ Please bring your receipt with you to the event. Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. Includes vendors from Noon Whistle Brewing, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Two Brothers, Wolfden Brewing, Hofbrauhaus, Cooper’s Hawk, and Koval.

Turbo Turtle Race: July 4th at 4pm

Turbo Turtle Race Tickets are available beginning in May each year at the Bartlett Community Center or from a Foundation Trustee. Tickets are also available at the Fourth of July Festival and at the Bartlett Aquatic Center on July 4th 30 minutes prior to the race. Each ticket is $10 or purchase a turbo pack of 11 turtles for $100. Proceeds go to the Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground. For more information call Stephanie Baxter at 630-540-4824. A listing of prizes will be available in May.

Drive FORE the Playground Golf Scramble: July 

This annual event held at Villa Olivia includes several game holes including Beat the Pro, Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and more. Date will be announced soon. Get your foursome together and enjoy a great day of golf for a wonderful cause.

Twilight Golf Outing: September 8

Enjoy a unique evening of golf, dinner, award presentations, and raffles while helping to support the Bartlett Parks Foundation. Check-in starts at the Donald Schrade Gymnasium, 694 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett, followed by dinner and nine holes of twilight golf at Apple Orchard Golf Course. Fee includes dinner, adult beverage tickets, glow in the dark golf ball and necklace, 9 holes of golf and a goody bag. Golfers need to bring clubs, small flashlight and insect spray. You can sign up alone and we’ll place you in a group, or you can grab three of your friends and sign up as a foursome. We will be playing “best-ball” during this outing.

696 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL