The City’s Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District Foundation are teaming together to sponsor this year’s Wine, Cheese & Trees fundraiser to help plant more trees in the community.
The eighth annual event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Park District’s Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road.
Six wines will be paired with cheese, appetizers and desserts from local merchants. The evening also will feature live music, a silent auction, drawings, a “wine wall” and live auction. Some of the live auction items up for bid include an instant wine cellar; a seven-night stay in an eight-person condo in Bonita Springs, Fla.; an executive chef prepared meal for eight in the winner’s home; and a professional photography package.
Tickets can be purchased for $30 per person or four tickets for $100 at Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room, 227 S. Third St.; Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St.; or online at squareup.com/store/WCT. No City funds have been used to purchase alcohol for this event.
The Natural Resources Committee has pledged to use the fundraiser money toward bolstering the City’s downtown parkway tree canopy as part of its Greening Geneva initiative. To date, the committee has funded the planting of 150 trees in downtown Geneva, City Hall and at each of the schools in Geneva Community Unit School District 304.
The Park District Foundation will use event proceeds to plant trees and continue supporting the district’s “Oaktober” Planting Program; install a kiosk at Peck Farm Park with a testing spot, pick-up point and small shelter with an environmentally-friendly roof; and build a picnic shelter at the Community Gardens that includes a cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation of planting beds.
The groups are hoping to raise $30,000 at the Feb. 23 event.
For more information about Wine, Cheese & Trees, contact Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jay Womack at 630-299-9945 or via email. To learn more about the committee, visit the City’s website or the “Geneva NRC” on Facebook.
For more information about the Geneva Park District Foundation, visit the Park District’s website.