Meet our Donors

Our donors make it possible for Landmarks Illinois to continue to save special places around the state. Our work enhances communities, empowers citizens, promotes local economic development and offers environmentally sound solutions. Make a donation today to the Landmarks Illinois annual fund or explore other gifting options below. Help us preserve, protect and promote Illinois’ cultural heritage through historical preservation.

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Richard & Mary Gray

Richard Gray, a 2007 LI Legendary Landmark, is an internationally distinguished art dealer and collector. Mary Gray is the author of two books on Chicago’s public art: A Guide to Chicago’s Public Sculpture (1983) and A Guide to Chicago’s Murals (2001). The Grays are also passionate preservationists and have been instrumental in the preservation of important cultural assets such as Chicago Public School murals and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Longtime Landmarks Illinois supporters, the Grays recently made a significant contribution to our Chicagoland Advocacy Program.

Why do the Grays donate to Landmarks Illinois?

“You stand for values that I measure very highly on my list of interests,” said Richard.

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Anne Voshel

Landmarks Illinois Board Member Anne Voshel is a Chicago-based business leader and philanthropist with a BA in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan and an MBA from University of Chicago. She owns AVA Consultants, which provides owner’s representative services for commercial real estate. Several nonprofits benefit from Anne’s leadership and generosity, including Landmarks Illinois, where she has been a board member since 1990, not counting three mandatory sunset years. Anne has served as a committee, event and vice chair.

Why does Anne donate to Landmarks Illinois?

“Our state is filled with wonderful history,” said Anne. “If there isn’t a voice that speaks up, we run the risk of losing irreplaceable assets. We were able to get Chicago on good, financial footing. Now it’s time to radiate out to the rest of the state.”

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Jean Follett & Doug Thompson

Jean Follett and Doug Thompson of Wheaton recently made the first major gift commitment to Landmarks Illinois under a new funding initiative that supports our Springfield Office, which provides preservation advocacy to areas outside of the Chicagoland.

Why did Jean Follet & Doug Thompson donate?

“Over and over, stakeholders said, ‘You need more Franks,’ referring to LI’s Springfield Office Director, Frank Butterfield. “That planted the seed,” said Jean.

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Shelley Gorson

Former Board Member Shelley Gorson leads our Emeritus Board, as she hit her “sunset year” from the Board of Directors in June –that is, a mandatory year off from board service between six-year terms. In her 13 years as a volunteer, Shelley has served as a board member, event, committee and board chair as well as an organizational visionary.

Why does Shelley continue to support Landmarks Illinois?

“When I joined LI in 2003, the organization’s focus was to save – and help others save and re-utilize –historic buildings. This will always be our core work because we believe that our quality of life is enhanced by beautiful buildings. But the preservation movement has progressed to become one which broadens our impact at the neighborhood and community level to advance the social and economic good.”

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