Actor, environmentalist Daryl Hannah featured at April 3 Earth Day Luncheon

Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — “We are excited to welcome passionate environmentalist and Hollywood star Daryl Hannah to Rockford for our Seventh Annual Earth Day Luncheon April 3,” said Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) Executive Director Lori Gummow. “We are very pleased that she is able to honor her promise to be at our 2014 event after a scheduling conflict caused her to bow out last year.”

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 510 N. Bell School Road, in Rockford, April 3. Tickets are $50 per person; corporate tables of 10 with additional benefits are still available. Contact Courtney Oertel at or (815) 637-1343 for more information.

Hannah has starred in more than 50 films, from Blade Runner and Splash, to Grumpy Old Men and Kill Bill. She also shoots and produces award-winning environmental documentaries. Hannah has lived off the energy grid for more than 15 years. At the luncheon, she will share her philosophy and motivators that caused her to embrace a sustainable lifestyle.

The founder of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA), she owned a truck that ran on biodiesel fuel. Her Colorado home features a small footprint, passive and active solar systems, a gray water system and an organic garden. Her presentation will offer solutions for preserving our natural resources and address what keeps her motivated and committed.

KNIB will also present its Environmental Excellence Awards at the luncheon. “Nominations for ‘Environmental Steward of the Year’ and the ‘Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award’ are due Feb. 28,” said Gummow. “Our plan is to recognize organizations and individuals who through recycling, reusing and/or renewing our community’s valuable resources show exemplary dedication to improving and protecting the environment.”

For 25 years, KNIB has educated the region in reducing, reusing and recycling the world’s resources for future generations. For additional information, call (815) 637-1343, visit the website, or “like” the organization’s page at

From the Feb. 19-25, 2014, issue

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