Openlands Thanks Long-Time Donors

April 5, 2013

On March 20, 2013, Openlands kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with a members-event at Marwen, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and inspire under-served young people through the visual arts. The evening recognized and thanked Openlands’ donors who have supported the organization for 10 years or more. 

Guests mingle in Marwen's galleryGuests mingle in Marwen's gallery

Openlands was founded in 1963 to protect the region’s valuable land and water resources. Openlands’ success is, in no small part, due to the commitment of its donors, many of whom have generously supported the organization for two or three decades.  

President & CEO Jerry Adelmann and donor Carol Doty

Amazing Edibles, a Chicago-based caterer who partners with local vendors to pick the best the season has to offer, provided an assortment of delicious finger-food and a springtime cocktail to celebrate the first day of spring. 

Donors and volunteers Mary Hill and Susie Shabica

Openlands was honored to host the event at Marwen. Openlands’ and Marwen’s collaboration began nearly 20 years ago and continues today with student-led projects in Marwen’s Art @ Work program. Jerry Adelmann, Openlands’ President and CEO, Jill Allread, Openlands’ Board Chair, and Antonia Contro, Marwen’s Executive Director, spoke briefly about how the partnership complements and strengthens both organizations’ missions.  

Jerry Adelmann addresses the crowd

In 2011, Openlands commissioned a team of sixteen students in Marwen’s Art @ Work program to document and share their unique perspectives of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. The result is the book Open Eyes Open Minds, which compiles the students’ stunning photography. Click here to see a selection of their work.

Selection from Open Eyes Open Minds

Donors Charlotte Adelman and Carol Doty

Following the success of this project, Openlands and Marwen began another creative partnership in 2012. A team of eighteen students returned to the Preserve to create five short films based on the permanent artwork installed in the Bartlett Ravine. Click here to watch the videos. 

Are you interested in making conservation a priority in your life? Become an Openlands supporter today, and join the growing number of people who are making the commitment to protecting our region’s natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit to learn how you can get involved.

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