Oak-Leyden friends and staff accepted the 2014 Cavalcade of Pride Commercial Building Award for an outstanding facelift on its 411 Chicago Ave. location in Oak Park. (Picture courtesy Oak-Leyden; from left: project lead architect Frank Heitzman, Oak-Leyden board member Al Benedict, Village of Oak Park's Craig Failor and Oak-Leyden President and CEO Bob Atkinson)
OAK PARK, Ill. (Nov. 25, 2014) – Oak-Leyden Developmental Services was recognized for the beautification of its headquarters’ façade at 411 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. The 2014 Cavalcade of Pride Commercial Building Award was presented by Oak Park’s Community Design Commission at the Nineteenth Century Club on Nov. 20. Opening remarks were made by village president, Anan Abu-Taleb, to a capacity crowd of honorees and supporters of the village’s 2014 Preservation Awards, Green Awards and Cavalcade of Pride Awards.
“Oak-Leyden is grateful for the opportunity to rehab the exterior of our main facility,” saysBob Atkinson, Oak-Leyden president and CEO. “We’ve received positive feedback from our neighbors and program participants on the facelift, which aesthetically improved our area’s streetscape.”
The 411 Chicago Avenue facility houses Oak-Leyden’s management staff as well as playrooms for Oak-Leyden’s Children’s Services’ therapy program, and is one of 15 near-west suburban facilities operated by Oak-Leyden. The Oak-Leyden façade project was partially funded by a grant from Oak Park Development Corp.
In 2013, Oak-Leyden was the beneficiary of a $31,000 donation from LemonAid, which it used for the construction of an outdoor play space at its 411 Chicago Ave. location. Oak-Leyden is hosting a dedication ceremony for its newly completed outdoor play space at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and is also participating in Giving Tuesday, the Illinois Give Big donation campaign, Tuesday, December 2For more information, contact Beth Burdin, Assistant Director of Development, at bburdin@oak-leyden.org or 708-524-1050 ext. 103.

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