Join us for our Annual Celebration

Friday, October 4, 2019
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Monroe Convention Center

SOLD OUT: tickets are now sold out, and we have started a waiting list. In past years, we have been able to accommodate many people on this list due to guest cancellations. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please contact Susan Haislip Daleke at 812-336-5382 ext. 100 or


A reception with a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and local drinks will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The gourmet dinner buffet will open at 6:45, and the program will begin at 7:15. Drinks are donated by Oliver Winery, Upland Brewing Co., and Cardinal Spirits.

Keynote speaker

Heath Hamilton, Wildlife Refuge Specialist, Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge & Management Area

Musical performance

Jazz pianist Alex Weiss Hills will serenade us during the reception

Children’s choir from Unionville Elementary School, where Sycamore is an EARTH partner (Environment, Arts, Reading, Technology, and History), will perform during the program


John Bacone and Michael Homoya: Barbara J. Restle Lifetime Conservation Award
Visit Bloomington: Conservation Business of the Year
Greg Meyer: Friend of Sycamore
Kevin and Charlotte Reitz: Volunteers of the Year

Art auction

In addition to diverse works of art featured in our silent auction, we will host a brief live auction of a new painting of Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve by Dawn Adams. Dawn is an acclaimed artist based in Bloomington, whose work has been shown in galleries across the country. You’ll love participating in this exciting, reverse-style live auction to raise important funds for our conservation work! Click the image at right to see detail.

Silent Auction

Please take a moment now to register your bidding account online. You will need an account to place a bid in the silent auction or make a donation during the reverse-style live art auction. Even if you purchased your ticket online, you still need to set up a bidding account. Silent auction bids will be done on paper, but you will still need an account for this. Setting up your account now will save you time when you check in at the event next Friday. Contact with questions about your bidding account.

To donate an item or service for our silent auction, contact

See photos of last year’s Annual Celebration, taken by Robert Stoffer Photography.



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