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Community

Dixon Park District official recognized

Deb Carey
Deb Carey

DIXON – The Natural Land Institute recently chose Debra Carey, Dixon Park District executive director, as this year’s winner of the George and Barbara Fell Award.

The award is named for George and Barbara Fell, who founded the Natural Land Institute in 1958.

Carey was recognized for her efforts to advocate for preserving and restoring natural land in Lee County and spearheading the preservation of Amboy Marsh, Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary, Ryan Wetland and Sand Prairie, and Lowell Forest Nature Preserve. She helps manage local natural areas through the Lee County Natural Area Guardians, and has served on and off as chairwoman of the group.

She will be recognized March 13 at the institute’s 60th annual anniversary celebration dinner, at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

The celebration will be from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m., with a social hour, live swing and jazz music by the Tom Flanigan Quartet, a silent auction, a program with comments by NLI Executive Director Kerry Leigh, and the award presentation. Guest speaker and author, Alan Branhagen, will sign his most recent book, “Native Plants of the Midwest,” which will be available for sale at the event.

Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday.

The cost is $60 for nonmembers, which includes a 1-year introductory membership, or $45 for NLI members.

Tables of 10 are available for $600 for nonmembers, $450 for members, and $1,000 for a table sponsorship.

Go to naturalland.org or call 815-964-6666 to order tickets or for more information.

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