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Palatine Park District has started Trees for Washington

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  • The Palatine Park District continues its aid efforts for the tornado ravaged community of Washington, Ill., with a fundraiser to purchase Trees for Washington. For details, visit

      The Palatine Park District continues its aid efforts for the tornado ravaged community of Washington, Ill., with a fundraiser to purchase Trees for Washington. For details, visit
    Courtesy of Palatine Park District

    Courtesy of Palatine Park District

Submitted by Palatine Park District

On Nov. 17, 2013, a tornado ravaged the town of Washington, Ill. The destruction throughout the area was massive.

Palatine Park District has been supporting relief efforts since just days after the tornado struck the town. In November, staff member Steve Davis and his son traveled to Washington to help clear post-storm debris and, in December, the Palatine Park District Service Committee led a fundraiser to adopt the English family in Washington.

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When delivering holiday gifts to the family, staff member Carol Lange was told by Brian Tibbs, recreation manager at Washington Park District, that one of the areas most upsetting throughout the devastation was the loss of trees in the town.

Therefore, the latest effort of the Palatine Park District Service Committee, in conjunction with the Palatine Park Foundation, to provide aid to the community is a fundraiser to purchase Trees for Washington.

In an effort to obtain as many trees as possible for the town of Washington, the service committee called upon the expertise of PPD's landscape architect Cheryl Tynczuk and horticulture foreman Corey Zak, who was able to negotiate a largely discounted per tree price with Itasca Greenhouse, Inc., in Cohasset, Minn.

The greenhouse will deliver the trees directly to Washington, Ill., in time for an Arbor Day planting in April. The 200 tree seedlings to be purchased include Burr Oak, Swamp White Oak, Yellow Birch, River Birch, Red Maple and White Fir.

Tax deductible donations to the Trees for Washington fund can be made in person, by mail, and by fax using a Palatine Park District registration form and program code 2300-1.

Donations can also be made online on the home page of the park district's website, Donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted and the Palatine Park Foundation will be matching donations up to the first $500 raised.

The deadline for donations is April 4.

For more information about the Trees for Washington program, contact Carol Lange at (847) 496-6237 or

The Palatine Park Foundation was established in 1994 to develop additional financial support to enhance the quality of life for all community members. The foundation works closely with the Palatine Park District to identify needs in the district in an effort to ensure the highest quality parks, facilities, programs and events for all members of the community.

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