Green Communities Coalition’s Green Ball Oct. 23 at Cliffbreakers

Celebrate ‘A fabulous evening of everything green’ with dinner, music and other events

From press release

Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., will host “A fabulous evening of everything green” at a Green Ball, at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23.

United Way of Rock River Valley President and CEO and former Winnebago County State’s Attorney Paul Logli will serve as master of ceremonies as attendees “Discover people, places and products you can embrace in your quest for sustainable living.”

The evening includes a dinner, featuring locally-grown specialties; live music and a DJ; dancing; and a cash bar, featuring organic beers and wines.

Drink a “Bon Voyage” toast to Cliffbreakers Chef Philippe Forcioli as he departs to run the New York Marathon to raise funds for Rockford’s Cool Cities initiative.

Cost for the evening is $24 per person or $180 for table of eight. Attire: casual chic.

Call Cliffbreakers at (815) 282-3033 to make a reservation.

Chef to raise funds for Cool City

Forcioli is collecting per-mile pledges to raise funds, which he will donate to the Green Communities Coalition (GCC), a local non-profit working to make Rockford a Cool City by reducing its carbon emissions. For more about GCC, visit their Web site at

Rockford a Cool City

June 11, 2008, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) signed the U.S. Mayors Conference Agreement on Climate Protection, making Rockford the 32nd Illinois city to become a Cool City.

The GCC worked for 18 months with Morrissey to build community support for the agreement and create a “Green Team” within the city’s administration to ensure effective implementation upon signing.

GCC is a non-profit, grassroots organization representing more than 250 individuals and 30 organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the environment through positive action. They are committed to working with Rockford’s mayor and city council on local solutions to global warming and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Low Carbon Diet

In 2009, GCC launched The Low Carbon Diet, a 30-day program for households to lose 5,000 pounds of CO2.

Families are participating in this program, which includes an easy-to-use guidebook that shows, step-by-step, how to reduce household CO2 output in just one month’s time.

Any school, church or organization that would like to host a Low Carbon Diet series should call Mike Kearny at (815) 871-1863.

From the October 21-27, 2009 issue

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