"A beautiful evening for a wonderful cause."
Whether you attended at home or at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, you had a wonderful time and helped advance our mission in the community. For the at home attendees, The Packing House Restaurant delivered their delicious Summer Grill Kits right to your door. We've heard nothing but excellent reviews. Those at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club enjoyed perfect weather on their Terrace and enjoyed Chef Doug's delicious grill out dinner.
Fun was had by all by entering for a chance to win one (or two!) of six luxury raffle baskets and playing Take a Chance. We are grateful for everyone's participation.
The highlight of the evening was the debut of our Mission Video, produced by Scott Steele of Steele Media Group. You can view it HERE
We celebrated our mission of developing the Conservancy for Healing and Heritage’s 36-acre parcel of land while offering free access to a natural sanctuary designed to reduce stress, provide comfort, restoration and education. This meaningful connection to nature is offered through the Reiman Healing Chapel in the Woods, We Energies Foundation Healing Garden and the Lake & Nature Trails and is how we strengthen the community, one visitor at a time.
Thank you goes out to our Chill & Grill Event volunteers: Christine, Jean, Kathy, Dan, Deb & Shawn
Auctioneer Dan Pronley, video production Scott Steele, event production Liam from Studio Gear, The Packing House Restaurant, the Board of Directors, Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, Terra Firma Landscaping, Buettner Printing, Carol Raymonds from Broken Tastes the Same, Patrick Gain from Franklin High School and all who attended and supported.
With your generous support, our goal is to raise $100,000 to fund construction of the new Educational Pier at Kopmeier Lake. The pier and observation deck will allow visitors the opportunity to take in serene and relaxing views of the spring-fed glacial lake and surrounding forestland. It will provide visitors and students the chance to observe various fish, reptile and bird species. Direct learning experiences for students of all ages will be a key activity. We will also use funds raised to support programs focused on health & well-being and environmental topics.
Above: Rendering of future Educational Pier and Observation deck
The Educational Pier also offers elementary and secondary students on field trips in addition to adults attending programs, a means for immersing themselves in a natural setting to study subjects such as environmental sciences. Students will monitor the water and wildlife, learn from nature and how our connection to it impacts the health and well-being of the community. It is designed to enhance the educational experience for visitors/students who will experience learning in a one-of-a-kind, ice-age wetland.
The Educational Pier will extend 110 ft into the lake from the lower trail to a covered observation area 360 square ft with a metal roof. A kayak storage rack and loading platform ensure a secure location for students equipment. The pier will be 6ft wide, supported by 3 inch steel pillars driven 21ft deep into the bottom of the lake. Handrails on both sides with composite decking. Resting benches will finish the observation deck.
At our Chill & Grill Event, we debuted our first ever Mission Video. Thank you to all the participants who spoke from the heart about the Conservancy.
Edward and Diana Cichurski
Nicholas and Susan Logarakis
Friend of the Conservancy