Christmas is coming early for adults with disabilities at Lisle-based Ray Graham Association according to Lorri Nagle, the organization’s Chief Development Officer. Nagle was recently contacted by long-time donor Kevin Mize of Chicago who told her that all of the items on the organization’s prioritized wish list could be purchased thanks to a large donation he was making.
Nagle indicated that this was not the first time Mize had made such a grand and generous gesture. In fact, December 25 marks the 25th year of Mize’s involvement with Ray Graham Association. He has not only donated thousands of dollars to support the needs of people with disabilities, but has helped the organization raise hundreds of thousands more through his support of special projects and events such as First Look for Charity, the black-tie preview event of the Chicago Auto Show.
“The best thing about the gift is that part of it will be used to purchase new furniture for some of our residential programs, a need that is only covered through donations and voluntary dollars,” Nagle added. Other items on the wish list include household necessities such as toasters and kitchenware. However, most of the people with disabilities in the programs are excited about the new games and the ever-popular karaoke machines that will soon be in their homes as a result of the Mize gift.
Ray Graham Association provides residential, educational, employment and family support services to over 2,000 people with disabilities and their families. The organization operates on a 22 million dollar budget with only 77% of its funding coming from government sources. “A gift like this has benefits that will last for many, many years,” said Nagle. “Christmas has come early for us and we can’t wait to celebrate!”