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Sponsorship & Advertising

Sponsorship & Advertising Overview

The Glen Ellyn Park District offers a variety of advertising and sponsorship opportunities for businesses and community associates to enhance their existing marketing exposure, increase sales and extend visibility. Whether you would like to sponsor a specific event, program, attraction, goods or services, or enter into an advertising partnership, we have a plan to fit every need and budget.

Support from local businesses helps the District offer activities and events that provide our residents the opportunity to spend time together, have fun, meet new friends and build community. As a largely tax-supported agency, sponsor funds can help offset event costs, making it possible for the District to increase event and activity offerings.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Community & Race Events

  • Touch-A-Truck: Truck-loving kids have a chance to explore emergency and construction vehicles and meet the people who drive them. This community event is free and open to the public. Approximately 1,000-2,000 people attend (primarily families with children ages 10 and under). May at Maryknoll Park.
  • Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta: Creatively designed boats made entirely of cardboard are raced across Lake Ellyn in competitive heats while spectators watch from the shoreline. 12-15 food trucks are on-site to provide lunch options. This community event is free and open to the public ($50 fee to enter a boat). Approximately 1,000-2,000 people of all ages attend this event. Saturday before the Fourth of July at Lake Ellyn Park.
  • Freedom Four 4-Mile Run: A great family event! This popular race on the Fourth of July attracts over 1,000 participants. Runners range in age from 5 years old to over 70. Proceeds benefit recreation scholarships through the Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks Foundation. July 4th at Lake Ellyn Park.
  • Afternoon Festivities: Carnival games, bounce houses, and live music following the 4th of July Parade. Wristband sales for activities support recreation scholarships, music is free! Approximately 1,000 people of all ages attend. July 4th at Lake Ellyn Park.
  • Family Fun Night: A free evening of rides, bounce houses, face painting, live music, and more! Approximately 800 people attend. Open to the public. July at Lake Ellyn Park.
  • Glow in the Park Lantern Walk: Family fun and an illuminated lantern parade! Glow in the Park is offered in partnership with Charlie’s Corner Foundation and proceeds from the event benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Free and open to the public ($10 fee for lanterns), the event attracts around 1,000-1,500 attendees of all ages. September at Lake Ellyn Park.
  • Pumpkin Flotilla Fest: A free, family-friendly, fall-themed festival at Lake Ellyn Park featuring a pumpkin flotilla on the water. Around 1,000 people attend this free community event. October at Lake Ellyn Park.
  • Turkey Trot 5-Mile Run: Participants burn calories before enjoying their Thanksgiving feast by running a 5-mile course around Lake Ellyn Park at this free run. Non-perishable food and cash donations are collected at the event for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Approximately 400-500 runners of all ages take part in this annual tradition. Thanksgiving morning at Lake Ellyn Park.

Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks Foundation Events

  • Fall Fete: An elegant evening at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse. Proceeds from Fall Fete go to support at risk Glen Ellyn resident families through the scholarship fund. The scholarships provide full to partial funding for recreational programs for these families in need. 

Event Series

  • Movies in the Parks: Free movies under the stars, open to the public. There are 4-5 movie dates throughout the summer (all movies are rated G or PG). Approximately 75-200 people attend each movie. June through August at various parks.
  • Jazz in the Parks: Three free, live jazz concerts performed by the Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble. Each concert draws around 75-100 adults and seniors. June through August at various parks.

Pool Events

  • Teen Splash Bash & Back to School Bash: Free parties at the pool featuring a DJ and games for kids in grades 6-8. Approximately 200 tweens/teens attend. June and August at Sunset Pool.

Advertising Opportunities

The Glen Ellyn Park District is proud to offer affordable advertising opportunities to local businesses and organizations in our digital Playbook Program Guides. Generate visibility for your brand, share your message, and connect with the community with a full-color advertisement that links directly to your website!

Athletic/Team Sponsorship

Please check back for 2021 sponsorship opportunities.

Community Event Postings at District Facilities

The Glen Ellyn Park District will be happy to post an 8.5″ wide x 11″ tall flyer (no tear offs) promoting a not-for-profit group event on our Community Boards at Spring Avenue Recreation Center and Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center. Due to limited space, postings will be displayed on a first-come, first-served basis and prioritized at the discretion of the Glen Ellyn Park District.

  • Displayed flyers are limited to up to two weeks prior to the event.
  • Two copies must be delivered at least three weeks in advance of the event date to the Spring Avenue Recreation Center c/o Marketing, 185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
  • Glen Ellyn Park District reserves the right to refuse materials for any reason.
  • Handwritten signs will not be posted.
  • We regret that we are unable to post or distribute sales materials for businesses.