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Environmental Defenders set annual meeting for March 10

WOODSTOCK – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will celebrate their 43rd year of working to protect and preserve the environment in the county at their annual meeting and Theta Award Ceremony on March 10.

The event will be at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, beginning at 5 p.m. with social time, a raffle and silent auction before dinner at 5:30 p.m.

After the dinner, the Defenders will present their annual Theta Award. In 1970, the Defenders chose this symbol and title for their award honoring an individual or group who has shown an outstanding commitment to improving the environment of McHenry County.

The program for the evening begins at 7 p.m. Speakers will include Jennifer Walling, director of the Illinois Environmental Council, a statewide group that promotes sound environmental policy and protections for land, air, water, wildlife and human health in Illinois. Young activist Abby Goldberg will give a presentation about her successful campaign to obtain a veto from Gov. Pat Quinn of the plastic bag bill that was promoted by plastic bag manufacturers last year.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets may be bought on the Defenders website at www.mcdef.org through Friday. The cost of $50 for nonmembers includes a one-year family membership. The program alone is free with advance reservations.

To RSVP or for information, contact the Defenders office at 815-338-0393 or mcdef@owc.net.

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