Food Fantasies gift bag Friends of the Sangamon Valley Spring Fundraiser

Last week I was given very short notice that I would be attending Friends of the Sangamon Valley Spring Fundraiser. This event was held last Friday ( April 20, 2012 ) at Maldaner’s Restaurant in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Even though I’ve lived in the area for years – this was my first time inside Maldaner’s.

I’m not a big fan of attending most events. Many of these types of gatherings are filled with a bunch of uptight hypocrites who think wearing a suit makes them special. To my great surprise even though this event took place in a upscale restaurant – there was a very eclectic mix of people. The majority actually being fairly friendly. Which is weird in a good way. Friendly types can be hard to find at these “social” gatherings.

The gift basket above was provided by Food Fantasies – it was included in the silent auction to help raise money for Friends of the Sangamon Valley. There were only two bids from what I was told. Ours was of course the highest since we came home with it. Honestly we walked away with a heck of a deal. The value of the contents is definitely higher than what we paid. I was surprised there weren’t more bids.

Alley Ringhausen executive director of the Great Rivers Land Trust provided an informative and entertaining presentation about work he has done over the years. An interesting history lesson in regards to successful projects and how they were funded.

Vern LaGesse, executive director of Friends of the Sangamon Valley & I at the end of the evening had a conversation about Irwin’s Park located between Chatham & Auburn IL. Unfortunately some of my older Irwin’s Park articles aren’t working properly at the moment. I’ve linked a few that are below.

We will definitely be sending our money in to become members of Friends of the Sangamon Valley.

Bike ride to Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge Chatham August 2019

The Rock House Irwin’s Park near Illinois Route 4

Griffin Woods little noticed until development plan announced Springfield IL

Schnucks’ plans call for Griffin Woods to be razed Springfield IL

Friends of the Sangamon Valley

Friends of the Sangamon Valley Nature’s friends

Great Rivers Land Trust

A watershed moment Ringhausen brings service to historic church

Land trust buys Piasa Harbor Property will become river research field station

Land trust locks up river corridor

St. Louis Best Worthy Cause Great Rivers Land Trust

Underemployment and Money Worries Jeannette Eats Spaghetti

Food Fantasies Natural and Organic Food Serving Springfield, Illinois and Sangamon County

Maldaner’s Restaurant, Since 1884, Springfield, Illinois

Maldaner’s making honey downtown in rooftop beehives

Restaurant recycling is ‘the right thing to do’ Springfield IL

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