Holiday Luncheon & Scholarship Fundraiser

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Council of Rockford Scholarship Fund for Kishwaukee College Horticulture students.

Our “No Show” Holiday Luncheon & Scholarship Luncheon was a success!

Thanks to our generous members, to date we’ve added $2510.08 to the Council of Rockford Gardeners Scholarship Fund! Donations totaled $2700.00, with expenses at $189.92. What a terrific profit! We have the best members!

We are sorry we couldn’t gather in person but appreciate your support of our ‘No Show’ luncheon. We look forward to a luncheon in 2022. In the meantime, our 2021 CRG Scholarship winner is Abigail D’Agostin. Abigail graduated from North Boone High in May 2021 and will begin her second semester at Kishwaukee College in January. Congratulations to Abigail! We hope to meet Abigail in person at our next Council of Rockford Gardeners Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser.

Thank you to each of our clubs for donating a raffle item for the ‘No Show’ luncheon. Winners were drawn on December 8 and are as follows:

  • Sharon Bramel – Gensler Garden $40 gift card and yard art pole. Donated by Wildflowers
  • Carol Nelson – Seedlings member, Mary Kay Morrison’s book, Legacy of Laughter: A Grandparent Guide & Playbook. Donated by Seedlings
  • Carol Edson – Cement birdbath. Donated by Potpourri
  • Jan Duncan – Wind chime. Donated by Seedlings
  • Kathy Batzkall – Cement lantern. Donated by Plantaholics

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle items!

Invitation for  the 2021 “No Show” Holiday Luncheon & Scholarship Fundraiser.
Click here for PDF. 

The 2019 Holiday Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser
took place on December 11, 2019
at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Golf Club.


Walter Schmitt awarded scholarship
The Council of Rockford Gardeners was honored to present a $2500 scholarship to Walter Schmitt, a veteran of the United States Army, who is studying at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Walt will graduate from Kishwaukee next fall with an Associate degree in Applied Science. His specialties are ground covers, succulents, aquaponics and hydroponics, as well as non-chemical biological control and integrated pest management.  Congratulations, Walter!


Walt with girlfriend Stephanie





Alex Mills, Director at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden gave an uplifting presentation on spring flowering trees and shrubs.






Some of the lovely centerpieces made by Deb Bieschke and Ann Somers.


2018 scholarship recipients
The Council of Rockford Gardeners was honored to present two scholarship awards at the Dec. 5, 2018 Holiday luncheon. Congratulations go to Andre Vallejo and Ulysses Vallejo, who were both awarded the scholarships for a second time .

Ulysses (left) and Andre Vallejo

Enjoy the photos of the 2015 Holiday Luncheon! – Click Here

Enjoy the photos of the 2014 Holiday Luncheon! – Click Here

Enjoy the photos of the 2013 Holiday Luncheon! – Click Here

Enjoy the photos of the 2012 Holiday Luncheon! – Click Here

Enjoy the photos of the 2011 Holiday Luncheon! – Click Here

Enjoy the photos of the 2010 Holiday Luncheon! – Click Here