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Celebrate Spring Inspiration at TLC’s 32nd Annual Celebration

Published on
28 February 2023

TLC’s 32nd Annual Celebration – Spring Inspiration

New date, time and location!

Get ready to welcome spring with an afternoon high tea, visit with friends old and new and celebrate the people, places and achievements that make TLC the vital organization it is. Top it all off with an inspiring presentation by Cindy Crosby on The Tallgrass Prairie in Popular Culture!

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: McHenry Country Club, 820 N. John St. McHenry

TLC Member: $50
Nonmember: $70, nonmember ticket price includes a one-year membership to TLC.
Sponsor table of 10: $750 and includes premium location, two bottles of wine (one red, one white), recognition at the event, in the event program and on the TLC Annual Celebration web page.

The 2023 Online Silent Auction is open! 

We have a great variety of items including gift baskets, event tickets, a chainsaw, local artwork and more! Check out the silent auction today! 

New this year – Celebrate spring and enjoy an afternoon “high tea” with TLC, which includes sandwiches, salad, desserts, coffee, tea and a cash bar. You will have the opportunity to order native plants, bid on exciting silent auction items, and of course take the time to connect with friends old and new. Invite a friend – this is a great opportunity to learn more about how TLC preserves land for life in McHenry County!

We will also celebrate the people, places and achievements that make TLC the vital organization it is by recognizing the many volunteers and partners who work to preserve and restore land in McHenry County.

The Tallgrass Prairie in Popular Culture with Cindy Crosby

Discover how the tallgrass prairie – Illinois’ original garden – is a place of inspiration for creatives of all types. Enjoy the work of quilters, painters, musicians, jewelers, filmmakers, writers, sculptors and photographers who share the prairie through their work. Be energized to think about how you can use native prairie plants in your garden as a springboard for creativity, and come away with a new appreciation for our “landscape of home.”

Cindy Crosby book selling and signing 

Cindy will have the following books for sale at the event. (Cash or checks preferred, price includes tax):
Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History (Northwestern University Press, 2020$25 (Sale price for this event $20)
The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press, 2016), paperback $20
Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press, 2018 —- with Thomas Dean) $25 (sale price for this event $20)
By Willoway Brook  (Paraclete Press) $15.95 (sale price for this event $10)
Waiting for Morning (Baker Book House)  $13.95 (sale price for this event $10)
We’ve Got a Latte in Common: Celebrating the Fine Blend of Friendship  (Harvest House) $12  (sale price for this event $10)

Thank you to our sponsors! 

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Thank you to our silent auction donors (so far)!

Ders Anderson
Teresa Baber
Chicago Bears
Chicago Fire
Chicago Red Stars
Chicago White Sox
Classic Cinemas
Countryside Nursery
Douglas J. Aveda Institute
Ethereal Confections
Field Museum
Doug Frey
Georgio’s Pizza
Jerry Gudauskus
Gypsy Glen K-9 Kastle
Lisa Haderlein
Gail Hamilton
Corinne Hardt
Hawthorn Shoppe
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Indiana Beach
JB Aviation
Ellen Judson
Kane County Cougars
Lake Geneva Ziplines &
Karen Lavin
Lou Malnati’s
Jennifer Luniewicz-Martins
Mary Mariutto
Marvin’s Toy Store
Milwaukee Public Museum
Mum 117
Music Box Theatre
Mark Newton
Navy Pier
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Paul McFadden
Linda Oeffling
Ken Pieper
Prairie Moon Nursery
Raue Center for the Arts
Richardson Adventure Farm
Aruna Nitin Sarode
Schaumburg Boomers
Randy and Nancy Schietzelt
Six Flags Great America
Stade’s Farm
Alfred Stark
Syrup Restaurant
Kurt Taylor
The Mailbox Post Man
Volo Auto Museum
Kathy Weber
Caron Wenzel
Wisconsin State Fair
Trish Woselowsky

Volunteers wanted! 

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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. Volunteer opportunities will be posted soon.