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Chicago Gateway Green Forms New Associate Board

Green-minded, Civic-minded Young Professionals Encouraged to Apply

CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2012) – The board of directors of nonprofit Chicago Gateway Green is forming an associate board of directors to help further its mission of greening and beautifying the city. Young professionals are encouraged to apply to the board, which will support the organization through a variety of activities and events focused on making positive, visible changes in the urban environment.

Longtime Chicago Gateway Green supporter Greg Pekarsky, managing broker/partner with Vesta Preferred, was recently named the president of the new associate board.

“The associate board plays a pivotal role for Chicago Gateway Green and its future,” he says. “Just as a tree needs a strong root system to grow and thrive, Gateway Green needs an active, working and engaged group of young supporters as it moves forward to make Chicago’s landscape and tree canopy more sustainable and stunning.”

According to Pekarsky, members of the associate board will help sustain Chicago Gateway Green by participating in special fundraising events such as the Tree-K “Run for the “Trees” 5K Run/3K Walk in June, Gaming for Green Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and casino night in July and the organization’s signature Green Tie Ball in September.

The new associate board will be comprised of 20 to 25 members between the ages of 25 and 40, representing diverse backgrounds, industries and networks. In addition to Pekarsky’s role as president, the board will be led by officers including vice president Kenneth R. Coe Jr. along with a still-to-be-named treasurer and secretary, various committee chairs and committee vice chairs. The board will meet about six times a year.

Through its 25-year history, Chicago Gateway Green has earned support from prominent individuals and organizations. Reporter/anchor and active philanthropist Bill Kurtis serves as honorary spokesperson, and the organization’s officers and senior board of directors include Chicago leaders in business, industry, charity and the arts.

To learn more about the requirements for becoming an associate board member and to receive a membership application, CLICK HERE.


About Chicago Gateway Green Dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 to benefit the environment and improve the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and annual visitors. A 501c3 non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green makes an impact in the community with three key programs: Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms unused land into green spaces. The nonprofit organization has broad support across the region’s business and civic community and serves as a model for effective public-private partnerships. For more information visit

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