The Illinois Turfgrass Endowment

The Illinois Turfgrass Endowment (ITE) was created in 1999 to establish a fund that would dedicate its resources to perpetuating turfgrass research, education and scholarship in the state. Still growing, the Illinois Turfgrass Endowment has evolved into the fundraising arm of the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation. The ITF continues to support turfgrass science, research and education on an annual basis through its own endeavors of hosting and sponsoring special events throughout the state. However the commitment the ITF makes to the turfgrass community is not enough to ensure the longevity and vitality of turfgrass science, education Aden research in Illinois.

The ITE has created a giving plan named the Founder's Club. Formerly known as the Sunset Ridge Plan, the Founder's Club has evolved into a program that individuals, companies, golf clubs and courses generously support each year. The focus is simple: Underwrite on-going and future turf research and education in Illinois. A contribution to the ITE Founder's Club encourages the advancement of the turfgrass science, programming and professionals.

To date over 90 individuals, companies, clubs & courses have donated to the ITE.

Individual Founder's Club Members:

  • Kerry Anderson
  • Mike Bavier
  • David Behrman
  • Bob Bethel
  • Brian Bossert
  • Rick Bowden
  • Bruce Branham
  • Edward G. Braunsky
  • Tom Burrows
  • Timothy Byrne
  • Thomas Byrne, Jr.
  • Paul Carlson
  • She-Kong Chong
  • Arthur G. Clesen
  • Jim Coens
  • Don Cross
  • Andy Dauksas
  • Tim Davis
  • Ken Diesburg
  • Dan Dinelli
  • Tom Fermanian
  • Edward Fischer
  • Jeffery Frentz
  • Walter Fuchs
  • Kurt Galisdorfer
  • Donald Gardner
  • Darin Habenicht
  • Dale Habenicht
  • Phillip H. Hall
  • Michael Hart
  • James Holtschult
  • Carl Hopphan
  • Hans Hopphan
  • Roger Johnson
  • Randy Kane
  • James Keith
  • Mark Z. Kowaliczko
  • Robert Kronn Jr.
  • Richard Lamkey
  • Edward Lee
  • Peter V. Leuzinger
  • Jeff Leuzinger
  • G. Peter Lieponis
  • Robert Lively
  • Robert Lohmann
  • Harry Lovero
  • Dan Marco
  • Ted Mochel
  • Dave Nadler
  • John Nelson
  • Fred Opperman
  • Richard Pump
  • Joel Purpur
  • Dan Quast
  • Caroline Repenning
  • Michael Sauls
  • Dave Schlagetter
  • James J. Shone
  • Don Spier
  • Verlyn Strellner
  • Phil Taylor
  • John M. Turner
  • Jim Van Ravensweay
  • Paul H. Vermeulen
  • Tom Voigt
  • Randy Wahler
  • David Ward
  • Scott Werner
  • Lynn Wesson
  • Henry Wilkinson
  • Robert Williams
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Brian Winkel
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