The City’s Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District Foundation are once again teaming together to sponsor this year’s Wine, Cheese & Trees fundraiser to help plant more trees in the community.
The ninth annual event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Park District’s Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road.
Admission includes three wine pours or two craft beers, artisan cheeses, and appetizers 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; Wisconsin getaways; a sailing tour on Lake Michigan; Chicago Bears & White Sox tickets; 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. No City funds have been used to purchase alcohol for this event.
Organizers are striving to raise $30,000.
The Natural Resources Committee has pledged to grow the City’s urban tree canopy under its Greening Geneva Initiative by planting trees throughout the community. To date, the committee has funded the planting of 348 trees in downtown Geneva, City Hall, at each of the schools in Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and on Geneva Park District properties.
The Park District Foundation will use event proceeds to support the “Oaktober” planting program and complete the following projects at Peck Farm Park:
• Install a climbing/play structure near the ball field;
• Plant trees for an oak savanna on the north side of the park; and
• Construct an informational kiosk.
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 “NRC Geneva” on Facebook.
For more information about the Geneva Park District Foundation, visit the Park District’s website.