The Gordon family of Washington, Illinois is working to create a new park at 406 Peoria Street in Washington in memory of the late Robert and Loretta Gordon, long-time pillars of the Washington community during their lives, and the Gordon family needs your help. 

With no taxes being used to build the park, it is being built solely through donations. The family has joined forces with Kep’s Sports Bar and Grill in Washington to host a fundraising day on Sunday, August 4. Kep’s will be donating 10 percent of the day's sales to the park. It is the perfect day to get dinner with the family or drinks with friends, and support a great local cause. While you are there, check out the prize drawing. There is sure to be something everyone will want to win. Tickets are $10 or five tickets for $40, and many local and nationwide vendors are donating.

The Gordon family has taken care of the planning, purchase and demolition of the existing structures. The park will include a putting green, a small pavilion and a children’s playset.  Loretta had a love of elephants. Over time she procured an extensive elephant collection and no memorial would be complete without a few elephant-themed benches featured in the park.

Robert and Loretta Gordon moved to Washington in 1971. All five of their children went to school at St. Patrick Catholic School where Loretta spent much of her time volunteering. Robert joined many civic organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the local chapter of the VFW. Robert also used his CPA skills to serve Washington as treasurer for 28 years. During that time, he ran his own accounting firm- Gordon, Stockman and Waugh.  As their children left the nest, Loretta began working at Sentimental Journey on the Washington Square. With more free time, these avid golfers would spend more time on the course honing their skills and enjoying the outdoors. 

Loretta lost her battle with cancer in 2007.  Robert stayed with the family for another 10 years, until he lost his battle with ALS in 2017. 

Donations can be made directly to the park at or by mailing a check to Washington Park District Foundation (memo: Gordon Memorial Park), 105 S. Spruce St., Washington, IL, 61571.

Kep’s Sports Bar and Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays and it is located at 313 Muller Road in Washington. Fundraiser questions can be directed to Brandyce (Gordon) DeFreitas, Director of Fundraising, at