Annual Chuck Tosovsky Memorial Tribute Event

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.

Save the Date

February 1, 2022


Belvedere Events
1170 West Devon
Elk Grove Village

Honoree Craig Regelbrugge

Live and 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 

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.