Jay Womack and Geneva's Natural Resources Committee are go-getters, that's for sure.
But when the committee went out and got $10,000 in donations to help reforest Geneva city streets, well, that was not only above and beyond the call of duty but a jaw-dropping dollar figure.
On Monday night, Womack and company presented the Geneva City Council with a check for $10,000—the proceeds of a fundraiser called "Wine, Cheese and Trees."
The event was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Geneva History Center. Wines were served by Gibby’s Wine Den and paired with cheese and chocolate from local merchants—along with appetizers, live music, a "wine wall" and numerous raffles and silent auction items to bid on, including a sports package of four Bulls tickets with parking and admittance to the Club Room restaurant.
"When we set out to do something, we do it," Womack said Monday night.
The donation will pay for "upwards of 30 new trees on
Third Street," Womack said.
The new trees will replace some of those taken away by the Emerald Ash Borer. About 2,000 of the 2,600 ash trees on city parkways and property have been taken down due to the Emerald Ash Borer, city Streets Superintendent Chris Vaughn told the City Council back in April.
The Natural Resources Committee held the fundraiser in conjunction with the
Western Avenue Get Up and Grow Committee.