Geneva’s Wine, Cheese & Trees fundraiser may be going virtual in 2021, but the overall mission of raising money to plant new trees in the community remains the same.
The City’s Natural Resources Committee and the Geneva Park District Foundation are teaming together to sponsor the 10th annual event, which will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.
Tickets are can be purchased online for $70, which includes three bottles of wine that will be available for pickup the week before the event at Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room, 227 S. Third St.
The evening will feature a virtual wine tasting, raffle and live auction. Some of the live auction items up for bid are an instant wine cellar, Wisconsin getaways and Geneva restaurant gift certificate baskets. Raffle prizes include family memberships at Geneva Park District facilities, a craft beer set, wireless speakers, a lottery ticket tree, and more.
Organizers have a fundraising goal of $20,000. Wine, Cheese & Trees helps both the City and the Geneva Park District continue to recover from the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer.
The Natural Resources Committee has pledged to grow the City’s urban tree canopy under its Greening Geneva Initiative by planting parkway trees throughout the community. To date, the committee has funded the planting of hundreds of trees in downtown Geneva, City Hall, at each of the schools in Geneva Community Unit School District 304, and on Geneva Park District properties.
The Park District Foundation allocates the majority of event proceeds to plant additional trees throughout parks and natural areas. The remaining funds go toward projects that enhance the parks and natural areas, such as the acquisition of Peck Farm Park and Hawks Hollow Nature Playground.
For more information about Wine, Cheese & Trees, contact Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jay Womack at 630-299-9945 or via email. To learn more about the committee, visit the City’s website or the “NRC Geneva” on Facebook.
For more information about the Geneva Park District Foundation, visit the Park District’s website.