TLC’s 31st Annual Celebration Brunch – The Nature of Oaks
The rich ecology of our most essential native trees, with renowned ecologist and author Doug Tallamy.
Date: Sunday, Jan. 30 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: D’Andrea Banquets 4419 US-14 Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Tickets: Thank you for your interest – this event is sold out!
TLC has made the decision to proceed with an in-person event on January 30, and we want to make sure people who attend are able to enjoy the event and Doug Tallamy’s presentation, so we will be taking the following steps to protect everyone’s health:
Masks will be required except when eating and drinking at your table
Proof of vaccination will be required at entry
General seating will be 6 per table. Larger groups that wish to sit together can purchase a table of 10 for $600.
The silent auction will include a bidding app that will minimize having to get up to check the status of your bids – you’ll be able to do it from your phone
There will not be a raffle to reduce the number of people moving between tables during the event.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to Lisa at 815-337-9502 x103
Learn about the Nature of Oaks with guest speaker Doug Tallamy!
Doug Tallamy is an ecologist, author and advocate for native plants who gained nationwide recognition with his books Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope. In his latest book, The Nature of Oaks, he calls oaks the most powerful plant of all and one of the most important members of the plant kingdom. Through his entertaining and engaging speaking style, Tallamy conveys the message that each person and each yard is important and anyone can make a difference by converting half their yard to a native plant community or by simply planting an oak tree. He started the “Homegrown National Park” program, which is a large cooperative conservation project with the goal of 20 million acres of native plantings in the United States.
The event will feature a delicious brunch, silent auction, raffle and a ceremony that honors community partners, volunteers and other local people who represent the conservation ethic in McHenry County.
Schedule of Events
10:30 a.m. Cash bar opens | Silent auction opens
11:15 a.m. Brunch buffet opens
12:00 p.m. Volunteer of the Year awards | Living with Oaks award | Easement donor and partner recognition
12:30 p.m. Silent auction closes | Keynote presentation by Doug Tallamy
1:30 p.m. Q&A period with Doug Tallamy
1:45 p.m. Silent auction checkout
Become a sponsor!
Friends of TLC Anonymous
Sponsor a Table
Bur Oak – $1,500: Includes premium table for 10, recognition at the event, logo on event webpage, “Sponsor Spotlight” post on Facebook, and a full-page ad in the event program.
Hickory – $1,000: Includes premium table for 10, recognition at the event, name on event webpage and Facebook event page, and a half page ad in the event program.
Hackberry – $500: Includes two tickets to the event, recognition at the event, and logo on event webpage and Facebook event page, and a full-page ad in the event program.
Hazelnut – $250: Includes two tickets to event, recognition at the event, logo on event webpage and Facebook event page, and a half-page ad in the event program.
Trillium – $100: Includes one ticket to event, name on event webpage and Facebook event page, and quarter-page ad in the event program.
Friendly volunteers are needed to make this fun event a success! We are looking for a few people to help set up the silent auction, sell raffle tickets, greet guests and more. Bonus: Volunteers receive free admission to the Annual Celebration Brunch. Volunteer opportunities will be posted soon.
We will adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event, which includes wearing a mask except when guests are eating or drinking.