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.

Save the Date for the 14th Annual Tribute Dinner Honoring Platt Hill

Mark your calendars for January 29, 2019 at 6:30pm, as we join to honor the many contributions Platt Hill has made to our industry.  You won't want to miss this evening!

Call for Auction Items 

Planning is underway for the Annual Tribute Dinner to raise critical funds for GIPAC. Your help is needed so we can host both live and silent auctions that will intrigue bidders. Even if you can’t attend the event, your auction donation is an important contribution to the success of this effort.


Special Thanks to the 13th Annual Tribute Dinner Participants

We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our event hosts, sponsors, donors, and participants who made January 30 a very special evening for Jim Martin and a successful fundraiser for GIPAC!  Your support helps us contract a full-time lobbyist, have a strong voice in both Springfield and Washington D.C., and ensure the green industry of Illinois remains viable for years to come.

Jim Martin Honored at 2018 Tribute Dinner

We are thrilled to share that Jim Martin, President and Founder of James Martin Associates (JMA), recently received an award from the Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) at the 13th Annual Chuck Tosovsky Memorial Tribute Dinner. Jim was honored for his outstanding emphasis on education and mentorship over the past 40 years. Read More

Tribute Collage

Event Hosts

Event Sponsors

Bob & Cathy Blank Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
Chalet Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center
Compeer Financial Lurvey Garden Center & Landscape Supply   
Five Crowns Capital - Jim & Sue King Russo Power Equipment
Home Nursery  
Lundstrom Insurance  
Midwest Groundcovers / Midwest Trading        
Orrington Realty  


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.