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Starved Rock Foundation hosts ribbon cutting, new volunteer event, and calendar donation celebration

December 17, 2023

OGLESBY, IL – The Starved Rock Foundation is excited to extend a warm invitation to the community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of its newly revitalized audio/visual theater at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center.

Since 1991, The Starved Rock Foundation has been the official non-profit organization for Starved Rock State Park in North Central Illinois. The Foundation is rooted in conservation, education, and recreation.

Mark your calendars for January 7th, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am, as we come together to celebrate the successful completion of this transformative $40,000 audio/visual theater upgrade.

"We are thrilled to open the doors of our revamped theater and invite the community to learn more about our Foundation," stated Pam Grivetti, President of the Starved Rock Foundation.

The event will feature:

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Join us for the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon with Foundation Board Members, community officials, and local media. The new theater features enhanced speakers, Bluetooth capability for visitors with hearing aids, and an updated screen.

  • New Volunteer Opportunities: Embrace the opportunity to actively contribute to the park by volunteering. Whether you're passionate about nature, history, or community engagement, there's a place for everyone to make a positive impact.

  • Calendar Donation Celebration: The community, photographers, and local businesses will present a check for the total amount raised by the annual calendar fundraiser. The annual calendar fundraiser was created in 2020 to benefit Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks.

Robbin Keenan, Board Member and Foundation Bookstore Manager, emphasized the vital role that volunteers serve,

“We all share a passion and love for the park. As our Foundation continues to experience unprecedented growth, we are actively welcoming new individuals to help us fulfill our mission and preserve Starved Rock State Park for generations to come.”

Join the Starved Rock Foundation on January 7th between 9:30am-11:30am at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center for a morning filled with excitement, community spirit, and a shared appreciation for the rich heritage of our beloved state park.

Refreshments, coffee, and pastries will be provided. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to be part of the celebration.

About the Starved Rock Foundation: The Starved Rock Historical and Educational Foundation is the nonprofit organization for Starved Rock State Park, located in North Central Illinois. The Foundation includes a volunteer program which staffs the Visitor Center information desk and leads interpretive hikes, provides educational materials, and conducts special events and presentations. It also raises monies for appropriate materials, equipment, and the improvement of Starved Rock State Park through memberships, donations, and profit from the 100% volunteer run LeRocher Book Store in the Visitor Center. Over $450,000 has been donated over the past 30+ years by an elected board of directors. Learn more about the Foundation, becoming a volunteer, or donating at

Media Contact:

Matthew Klein

Director of Marketing and Communications

Starved Rock Foundation

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