Annual Chuck Tosovsky Memorial Tribute Dinner

Each year, the Illinois Green Industry Association hosts an event to honor a leader in the nursery and landscape industry.  This event gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to the leadership, service, and sacrifices made by so many of the outstanding members of our organization.  It also affords the chance for our members to come together during the winter months for fellowship, good food, and a some fundraising to benefit GIPAC.







Join us for the 14th Annual Tribute Dinner Honoring Platt Hill
January 29, 2019

Honoring Platt Hill

 Platt Hill
Founder & Owner
PHN Green








Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
798 Algonquin Rd | Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Coopers Hawk

Event Agenda

6:00 PM - Reception & Silent Auction Begins

6:30 PM - Welcome by Dennis Molitor, Home Nursery, Event Emcee

7:15 PM - ICN Pro of the Year Announcement - Steve Worth, IGIA President, Kankakee Nursery

7:25 PM – Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President, AmericanHort

7:30 PM - Tribute to Platt Hill

8:15 PM - Live Auction (Items below) – Dennis Molitor, Home Nursery, Event Emcee

Item Details Bidding  

Napa Valley Backroads 
& Railways Experience*

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Private Aerial Tour of Your
Nursery or Business

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Fairmonts in Banff, Calgary,
& Lake Louise Experience*
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Canoe & BBQ with the
Worth Family
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30 maximum

8:45 PM - Silent Auction Ends

8:50 PM - Announcement of 2020 Tribute Dinner Honoree – Steve Worth, IGIA President, Kankakee Nursery

9:00 PM - Checkout for Auction Purchases; Event Concludes

*Live Auction Travel Experiences provided by Winspire





The Menu

First Course
Chicken Potstickers, Carne Asada Flatbread, Over the Border Eggrolls

Second Course

Plain Ol’ House Salad

Third Course

Bourbon Lacquered BBQ Pork Chop, Dana’s Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Gnocchi w/Butternut Squash

Dessert Course

Cooper’s Hawk Chocolate Cake and Lemon Ice Wine Cheesecake

Silent Auction Items

Get ready to bid because we've got some very unique items ready for you this year! And this is just a sneak peek of what you'll see at the event!

  • YETI Tundra 65 Hard Cooler filled with Midwestern craft beers
  • Wilson Contreras Pinstripe Jersey
  • State of Illinois Flag Carved from Reclaimed Wood
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Inauguration Collage
  • Three 2# Summer Crush Hydrangeas
  • The National Audubon Society Print (1985 Reproduction)
  • Coach Purse
  • Chicago Bears Wall Sign
  • USA Hockey Nike Replica Jersey
  • Vera Bradley Laptop Organizer and 4-piece cosmetic set


Event Hosts

Compeer Financial, Elite Growers, Home Nursery, Midwest Groundcovers and Midwest Trading

Event Sponsors

Doty Nurseries, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Melka Landscaping & Garden Center, Pedersen Company, Wasco Nursery & Garden Center

Past Public Policy Tribute Dinner Honorees

2018 - Jim Martin 2013 - Carsten Hoffmeyer 2008 - Chuck Tosovsky
2017 - Jim Melka 2012 - Richard & Lori Harms      2007 - Ron Damgaard
2016 - Gary Knosher 2011 - Frank Mariani 2006 - Peter Orum
2015 - Ken Doty & Scott McAdam     2010 - The Worth Family  
2014 - Greg Oltman 2009 - CJ Fiore  


Honoring Chuck Tosovsky

Charles J. "Chuck" Tosovsky, served as President of the the Illinois Nurserymen's Association in 1980 and was instrumental in helping to create and grow the former Mid Am Trade Show. Tosovsky remained engaged and extremely active in association and industry matters long after his tenure on the Board of Directors.  Chuck received myriad honors and accolades for his unwavering commitment to the nursery and landscape industry at both the state and national levels, and was a strong proponent and generous supporter of public policy programs, legislative initiatives, education and research.  In 2008, he was the celebrated honoree at this very dinner.  In 2012, he was inducted into the American Nursery and Landscape Association's Hall of Fame.  ANLA’s Bob Dolibois presented Chuck with this esteemed honor at yet another one of these very dinners.  In 2015, the IGIA Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename the annual event in honor of Chuck Tosovsky, to celebrate his life and honor his legacy.