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Chicago-Area Women Continues Father's Legacy through Local Non-Profit

Growing up, Kory Kowalski and Lindsey Griffith watched their father, Joseph, co-found and grow the Over the Rainbow Association, an organization founded in 1974 which provides housing and employment opportunities for individuals bound to wheelchairs.

In his 30 years with Over the Rainbow, Joseph helped transform the organization from one small building off of Belden Avenue in Chicago to one of the city’s most successful non-profit organizations, with seven residential buildings throughout the Chicagoland area. But in May 2005, after a long battle with Leukemia, Joseph passed away.

Since their father’s passing, Kory and Lindsey have searched for ways to honor their father and all that he has done to aid the Chicagoland area. Earlier this year, the sisters were appointed as key members of the newly formed Over the Rainbow Association’s Junior Board, which is a group of professionals and volunteers who dedicate extra efforts to advance the mission of Over the Rainbow.

“We felt this would be the perfect avenue for us to continue our father’s mission,” said Glen Ellyn local, Lindsey. “We’re so proud of all of the work our father and Over the Rainbow have done over the past three decades.”

And the sister’s work is just beginning, as the Chicagoland natives continue to spread the Over the Rainbow message throughout the summer as the organization begins to gear up for its 5th annual Rainbow Challenge Tour.

Taking place on Sunday, September 23, the Over the Rainbow “Challenge Tour” is a bike tour between 25 and 100 miles long taking place throughout Evanston. The event is open to cyclists throughout the Chicagoland area with all money raised from the event going directly to support Over the Rainbow’s mission.

More information on the Over the Rainbow “Challenge Tour” can be found at www.otrassn.org.

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