2012 Annual Luncheon

October 25, 2012 | 11am - 1:30pm

Thank you to all the Openlands supporters who made the 2012 Annual Luncheon a record-breaking event!

The Openlands 2012 Annual Luncheon was the most successful ever, raising more than $215,000 for Openlands' efforts to connect people with nature throughout the greater Chicago region. The event—held for the first time at the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton—was also Openlands' best-attended, hosting more than 800 guests. 

The luncheon—which was held on Thursday, October 25—highlighted the importance of planning for open and natural areas in a bustling metropolitan region. From improving air and water quality to affording recreation and respite to enhancing the region's economy and vitality, these open spaces are essential to quality of life. Openlands has played an important role at varying levels to green the greater Chicago region—from one-lot neighborhood gardens in Chicago to the 19,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

2012 Keynote Speaker
The 2012 keynote speaker was Toni Griffin. A Chicago native, Toni has built an impressive 25-year career in both the public and private sectors, combining the practice of architecture, urban design and planning with the execution of innovative, large-scale, mixed-use urban redevelopment projects and public policy reforms and is currently Professor of Architecture, Director, at The J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York.

2012 Conservation Leadership Award Recipient
Openlands' 2012 Conservation Leadership Award honored Philip Enquist, FAIA, the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) partner who leads its global city design practice, the world's most highly awarded urban planning group. Phil's commitment to environmentally harmonious design has elevated urban living in Chicago and on five continents.

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