Following media coverage of the unveiling of plans for the Rockford Park Districts 100th anniversary project in Sinnissippi Park, the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, several new donors have enthusiastically supported the project with major gifts and naming opportunities.
The Ipsen Atrium Display Lobby will be named in memory of Harold Ipsen. Located near the front entrance, this is an area of 2,000 square feet that features permanent and moveable displays to welcome visitors to the Conservatory. There will be a mural about the Rock River and its important role in the history, past and present, of our community. The Ipsen Lobby will be available for weddings, receptions and other functions, including catered events for groups up to 150.
The Rockford Register Star Meeting Room Courtyard will be accessible from the meeting room, and is an outdoor extension of the meeting room. The area will be enclosed by an interesting wrought iron-type fence and will feature plantings, seating and dappled shade.
Some naming opportunities financially supported through donations and pledges include:
Rockford Area Association of Realtors Riverview Terrace, a terrace surrounded by a stone seating wall and bordered by a trellis affording a spectacular view of the river, with the opportunity to provide outdoor space for weddings and receptions.
Bergstrom Entry Vestibule provides a glass entrance way into the soaring structure, where visitors will see giant palm trees, waterfalls and floral displays.
Maitzen Family Stairway and Elevator to the Green Roof Garden, a circular stairway leading to the roof garden that is planted with flowers and grasses. The elevator makes it possible to be completely accessible.
The Building Material Display System, free-standing electronic display kiosks that are programmable, will be named in honor of Benjamin F. Lyons.
The Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens is named in honor of the lead donor family of Albert, Dan and Bill Nicholas in honor of their parents, William and Ruby Nicholas. The Conservatory is the centerpiece project of the 100th anniversary of the Rockford Park District in 2009.
Naming opportunities still exist, and are being very well received by prospective donors when they learn more about this exciting, dynamic project, according to Elaine Harrington, deputy director of Fund Development of the Rockford Park District, who added, We welcome gifts of any amount, and the public campaign will begin this summer.
from the July 5-10, 2007, issue