Honoree Craig Regelbrugge

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 some fundraising to benefit IGIA public policy efforts.


Belvedere Events
1170 West Devon
Elk Grove Village

2022 Honoree

Craig Rebelbrugge
Executive Vice President
About Craig


6:00 - Cocktails & Hors d' Oeuvres | Silent Auction Bidding
7:00 - Seated Dinner
8:15 - Live Auction
9:15 - Silent Auction closes
9:30 - Auction checkout

Tribute Event collage


Passed Hors D’Ouevres to be served during cocktail hour
First Course - Creamy Yukon gold potato soup with apple smoked bacon, crispy leeks
Second Course - The Belvedere Salad
Third Course - Choice of Prime Rib of Beef with Pan Roasted Aujus or Herb Roasted Norwegian Salmon*
Dessert - Chocolate mousse with fresh berries

*Vegetarian entree is available upon request - Polenta with grilled vegetables


Limited space remains.  Please call the IGIA office at 217-546-4733 to RSVP for the event.

Live Auction Items

Del Mar Racetrack

Del Mar Racetrack Experience
Exclusive Package with Paddock Access, Winners' Circle Viewing, Turf Club Seating, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa 3-Night Stay in San Diego for 2

San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at Del Mar, one of the most popular Thoroughbred horse racing tracks in the world. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Del Mar track founder Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and in 1938, the great legendary horse, Seabiscuit, won by a nose in an epic race against Ligaroti.  You'll be escorted to the paddock, watch the race from the Winner's Circle, have reserved seating in the private Del Mar Turf Club, get valet parking at the track and receive a 3-night stay in a deluxe guest room at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. LEARN MORE

Puerto Vallarta Experience

Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Experience
4-Night Stay at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with Airfare for 2

Enjoy a 4-night stay in a Terrace king or double room with garden views for two at this family friendly all-inclusive resort. Surrounded by the sparkling Pacific Ocean and boasting the region’s unique cloistered beach-cove, Hyatt Ziva creates the perfect backdrop for guests seeking a romantic getaway, a family reconnection, or a special celebration. Food, alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages, resort taxes and gratuities are included. Up to two additional guests permitted in the room based on the availability of a double room for an additional fee. All-Inclusive cost and taxes for additional guests will be the responsibility of the Winning Bidder. LEARN MORE

Three Oaks Michigan Home

Escape the City at the Pizzo Home in Three Oaks, MI
Enjoy seven days and six nights at the Pizzo home in Three Oaks, Michigan where you'll find serene native landscapes and picturesque sunsets.  You'll be minutes Warren Woods, Warren Dunes, Journeyman Distillery, and Four Winds Casino in southwest Michigan. This home, generously donated by Jack Pizzo, sleeps six people, has a bonfire area, washer/dryer, and an on-demand water heater. 

Silent Auction

This year's event will feature both live and silent auctions.  The silent auction adds a fun element to our event with unique items collected from a variety of donors. Even if you can't be part of our event this year, you can contribute to the cause by offering an auction item that will intrigue bidders. Auction donors are such an important part of the overall success of this effort.  


Past Public Policy Tribute Dinner Honorees

2020 - Matt Zerby 2015 - Ken Doty & Scott McAdam 2010 - The Worth Family
2019 - Platt Hill 2014 - Greg Oltman     2009 - CJ Fiore
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


Honoring Chuck Tosovsky 

Chuck TosovskyCharles 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.