The Stellwagen Farm farm was purchased by Orland Park’s Open Lands Commission in 2004 and will remain an important part of Orland Park history. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 9, 2013 6:02AM
Orland Park will host its annual golf outing to raise funds for the Open Lands of Orland Park on Sept. 17 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park.
“This is a beautiful day on the golf course to help preserve open space in Orland Park,” Mayor Dan McLaughlin said in a news release.
McLaughlin created the village’s Open Land Commission in 1995 to purchase and preserve natural areas and those with unique heritage qualities in Orland Park. For nearly 20 years, the commission has purchased and protected more than 276 acres.
Preserved areas include the Stellwagen Farm on 108th Avenue, Timberlake near 153rd Street and Will Cook Road, the 135th Street Wetlands at 135th Street and Southwest Highway, the Boley Farm on 151st Street and the 153rd Street wetlands at 108th Street and 153rd Street.
In 2011, two new areas were purchased including 5.6 acres along the southern bank of the village’s Lake Sedgewick at Centennial Park and 3.7 acres east of McGinnis Slough. The commission continues to target strategic locations for protection.
The golf outing, the annual garden walk and other fundraisers throughout the year benefit Open Lands.
The golf outing begins with check-in and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.
Three ticket options are available: $130 per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch on the course, cocktails, dinner and door prizes; $100 per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast and lunch on the course, and $50 includes cocktails, dinner and door prizes.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and include hole sponsorships for $200, continental breakfast at $300, cocktail hour at $500, and lunch on the course at $1,000. The committee also is seeking door and raffle prizes for the event.
Reservations for the outing can be made with Patty Vlazny at (708) 403-6145.