Benches in Lyman
Woods to Honor
& Former Commissioner
There are currently two available locations for replacement benches to
be sited in Lyman Woods. One is near the floating dock on the
south trail and the other is next to the Crossroads of Ecosystems
interpretive sign near the highland meadow. The floating dock is
a key location for educational programs and seems an appropriate place
to honor Wally Brown's enthusiasm for involvement of young persons with
Lyman Woods and other DuPage County Forest Preserves. The
Crossroads of Ecosystems gives a good overview of the significance of
this particular preserve and seems an appropriate place to honor
Betty Cheever's recognition of the importance of this preserve.
Grove Park District asks for a donation of $3,000 to
install the two benches and plaques
honoring Betty Cheever and Wally Brown. Several people and organizations have
already expressed interest in contributing funds. The Conservation Foundation has donated $250,
while the local
chapter of the League of Women Voters is looking for support from their entire membership after hearing about
this project from Nancy Peraino at their board meeting in February.
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is bundling tax-deductible contributions in support of this project with the funds already approved by the PDHA directors. PDHA directors have designated up
to $1,250 to honor four-term Mayor of Downers Grove Betty Cheever & Wally Brown, who recently
retired as a director of PDHA after serving as first Village Commissioner, next County Board Member & then Forest Preserve Commissioner.
PDHA has agreed
to coordinate fund raising for this project. This arrangement is
similar to PDHA's coordination of donations in support of
preserving the Edwards House.
An upfront payment to the
Park District has already been made by PDHA so that the benches and
plaques can be ordered now and installed promptly when
conditions in the woods permit this type of work. A long-term supporter of the organization has pledged to make up any shortfall in the approved PDHA funding and the contributions
to PDHA in support of this project compared to the cost
of the benches.
Tax-deductible contributions toward
the costs can be made either online or, if you prefer, by check. To make an online tax-deductible contribution in honor of Wally and Betty please use one of the following buttons.
you prefer to
make your contribution by check, please specify whether you
want to honor both Betty Cheever and Wally Brown or just one
of them & send your
contribution payable to "Pierce
Heritage Alliance" or more simply "PDHA"
PO Box 422
Downers Grove, IL 60515
deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance
is an Illinois not-for-profit
that is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service
as a tax-exempt charitable and educational organization
under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
more information about the
Heritage Alliance please visit