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The Guild of the
Chicago Botanic Garden

Founded in 1998, our membership comprises more than a hundred enthusiastic civic leaders from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

We are committed to assisting the Chicago Botanic Garden by promoting it to a larger audience, raising funds for its support, and providing services that advance the Garden's mission.

We are very proud of the support the Guild has provided the Chicago Botanic Garden. Since our formation, we have raised more than $2.5 million and introduced hundreds of new friends to the Garden; we also hold the honor of being the first board to reach 100 percent participation in the first phase of the Campaign for the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The Harvest Ball is the Guild's main fundraiser. We are proud to direct the proceeds of this evening to support the development of a new educational display garden for families that will help to inspire a lifelong interest in plant science and respect for our environment. 

Your support will enable the Chicago Botanic Garden to reach, teach, involve, and transform children's lives. They are our future.


Amie Alfe
Pim Alley
Laura Ferris Anderson
Melissa Anton
*Lindsey C. Axel
Paget Bahr
Annie O'Scannlain Barlow
Lindsay Baumann
Dina Searle Brown
Jennifer Brown
Toni Canada
Colleen and Brendan Carroll
Maxie Clarke
Nicky Creamer
Emily DeGroot
Phoebe and Spencer DePree
Amy DeVore
Katie Donovan
Anna Gjerlow
Paige Dorn and John Gribbin
Eben Dorros
Abby Dunn
Isabel and John Fiore
Molly Flavin
Sophie Goodwillie
Emily Grace
Colleen Heidkamp
Whitley Bouma Herbert
Tony Hoban
Megan Hoffmann
Lisa L. Holstein
Leigh Keyser
Jennifer Kiefer


Peggy King
Katie Kirtley
Lance Lawson
Kim Lewis
*Anne S. Loucks
Emily and John MacEntee
Kathryn Bader Mangel
Leslie Martin
Caroline Masterson
Susan B. Merlin
Peyton H. Merrill
Britt Miller
Eileen Murphy
Jennifer Neighbours
Annie Riley Peck
Katherine and Richard Peterson
Elizabeth A. Queen
Marion Rice
Erin Ritchie
Bobbi and Matt Rowe
Elizabeth D. Ryan
Julie S. Saunders
Kate Schuppan
Todd Schwebel
Wendy Fix Shpiz
Bevin Skoglund
Megan Sleight
Chrissy Taylor
Kendra Thornton
Julie and Jeremy Unruh
Sarah Roberts Vaile
Steven M. Valenti
Carrie Wilson

Sustaining Members

Kimberly Beard
Elizabeth and Chandler
Bigelow III
Donna G. Brunso
Kate Fisher Fitzgerald
*John D. Fornengo
Andrea Garber
Rebecca and Victor Garces
Karen Hawkins
Preston Cain Jansing
*Jennifer and Sanford Kasten
Jennifer P. Keenan
*Brooke and James
Kuehnle, Jr.
Anita Livaditis
*Stephanie Madigan
*Gloria S. Masterson
Carrie C. McNally
*Riley S. O'Neil
Shawna and *Jay Owen
Hilary C. Semple
Lee Thinnes
Anne C. Tucker

*Past President