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Wine, Cheese and Trees fundraiser to enliven Geneva landscape

Event goal is $30k for tree planting projects

The Wine, Cheese and Trees fundraiser leaps onto calendars Feb. 29 in Geneva.
The Wine, Cheese and Trees fundraiser leaps onto calendars Feb. 29 in Geneva.

GENEVA – To plant more trees in the community, the Geneva Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District Foundation again team up to sponsor this year’s Wine, Cheese and Trees fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Park District’s Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, officials announced in a news release.

Proceeds from the ninth annual event will help pay for the tree planting, and organizers hope to raise $30,000.

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 the event.

Admission includes three wine pours or two craft beers, artisan cheeses and appetizers from local merchants, the release stated. The evening also will feature live music, a silent and live auction, drawings and a wine-wall fundraiser.

Some of the live auction items up for bid include an instant wine cellar; Wisconsin getaways; a sailing tour on Lake Michigan; Chicago Bears and White Sox tickets; and a professional photography package.

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, at City Hall, at each of the schools in Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and on Geneva Park District properties, the release stated.

The Park District Foundation will use event proceeds to support the “Oaktober” planting program and to complete projects at Peck Farm Park. These include installing a climbing/play structure near the ball field; planting trees for an oak savanna on the north side of the park; and constructing an informational kiosk, the release stated.

More information about Wine, Cheese and Trees is available by calling Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jay Womack at 630-299-9945 or emailing jay.womack@gza.com.

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