The Openlands Annual Luncheon

The Openlands Annual Luncheon is the largest gathering of Illinois’ conservation community, usually hosting nearly 1,000 business and nonprofit leaders, elected officials, and community volunteers who are committed to the health and vitality of our region.

Each year at the Annual Luncheon Openlands awards the Conservation Leadership Award to an individual or organization that has made incredible impact in our region and world. 

Past Awardees include:

1990
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley

1995
The Honorable Jim Edgar

1996
The Honorable Richard M. Daley
George W. Overton
Jeffrey R. Short, Jr.

1997
The Honorable John Edward Porter
Mary Peery
Leola Spann

1998
John Husar

1999
Midewin Corporate Council:
BASF Corporation
BP Amoco Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Mobil Oil Company
STARCON, Inc.
Stepan Company

2000
Marian Byrnes

2001
The Garden Club of America:
Illinois Clubs

2002
George B. Rabb, Ph.D.

2004
Chicago’s Community Gardeners

2005
George Ware, Ph.D.

2006
Tony Dean

2007
Corwith Hamill

2008
George A. Ranney, Jr.

2009
Bill Kurtis and
Donna LaPietra

2010
Wendy Paulson

2011
Michael Howard

2012
Phil Enquist

2013
Judith Stockdale

2014
Terry Evans

2015
Toni Preckwinkle

2016
Sophia Shaw

2017
The Morton Arboretum,
Chicago Region Trees Initiative

2018
Comer Family Foundation

2019
Stephen Packard

2020
Dr. Debra Moskovits

The Openlands 2020 Annual Luncheon

The 2020 virtual journey honored Debby Moskovits for her impactful legacy of conservation and celebrated large landscape preservation around the world.