2023 Openlands Annual Luncheon


The Openlands 2023 Annual Luncheon

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

We gathered for the Openlands 2023 Annual Luncheon to honor outgoing President and CEO Jerry Adelmann’s unparalleled legacy and celebrate Openlands’ 60th anniversary. For over 40 years Adelmann provided critical direction to countless environmental initiatives resulting in some of our region’s most profound environmental protection successes. Consistently the largest gathering of the conservation community in the state of Illinois, the Openlands Annual Luncheon recognizes the achievements of environmental leaders in our region and celebrates the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship locally, nationally, and internationally.

2023 Conservation Leadership Award Recipient: Jerry Adelmann

Adelmann joined Openlands in 1980 to coordinate a special program that led to the creation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, the first federal land designation of its kind. He then founded the Canal Corridor Association in 1982, a model after which 62 heritage areas in 36 states around the country are now based on. In 1988, Adelmann was appointed as head of Openlands. Under his leadership, Openlands launched the 21st Century Open Space Plan, played an instrumental role in establishing Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and formed conservation partnerships across the region. Adelmann is a founding member of Chicago Wilderness, chair of the City of Chicago’s Nature and Wildlife Committee, and vice chair of the Center for Humans and Nature among other commissions. His conservation and preservation work in the U.S., China, and Myanmar has earned him prestigious accolades including the Hutchinson Medal from the Chicago Botanic Garden and an honorary doctorate from Lewis University.

Thank you to our sponsors who make our Annual Luncheon possible.

Diamond Anniversary Sponsor

The Negaunee Foundation

Honoree Emerald Sponsor

Bobolink Foundation
Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation
Nancy Hamill Winter-Openlands Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Shaun & Andy Block
Stantec Sponsorship Logo

Luncheon Host Committee

Suzanne Malec-McKenna and Philip Enquist, Co-Chairs

Connie & Tony Bischof

Shaun & Andy Block

James & Elizabeth Bramsen

Tim Brown & Jill Riddell

Richard J. Carlson & Cristina Benitez

Antonia Contro & George Marquisos

Barbi & Tom Donnelley

Kimberly Duchossois

Ambassador Fay Hartog Levin (Ret.) & Daniel Levin

Deborah Gillespie & Charles Burbridge

Brooke & Peter Hecht

Nancy Hamill Winter

Shawn & Lewis Ingall

Scott Jamieson

Barbara & Dennis Kessler

Donna La Pietra & Bill Kurtis

Mary A. Laraia & Andrew Mooney

Trinita Logue

Jeanine & Andrew McNally, IV

Dr. Debra Moskovits

Janis W. & John K. Notz Jr.

Hank & Wendy Paulson

Vicky & George Ranney Jr.

John Rogner

Laurel Ross

Adele Simmons

Judith Stockdale & Jonathan Boyer

Nancy Sutherland

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