Celebration of Bill Lunney

50 Years Of Conservation Leadership

The Foundation for Dane County Parks invites you to come celebrate the conservation legacy of Bill Lunney.

Bill is retiring after 30 years of service as Park Commission Chair and over 50 of service in county government. All proceeds from the event will support the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment Fund at the Madison Community Foundation.



September 18, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Lussier Family Heritage Center

Please join us to celebrate the inspiring leadership of Bill Lunney these past 50 years. Program starts at 6:00 pm. Food and drinks will be provided. More details coming soon.

Tickets for this event are $50 and may be purchased in advance or at the door (if seats remain).

Proceeds for sale of tickets to the event will be shared with the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment  and the Foundation for Dane County Parks. Purchase of tickets and other contributions are tax deductible pursant to Federal Income Tax law relate to 501(c) 3 organizations.

Thank you for your support!

Fifty years ago Bill Lunney started serving the residents of Dane County as a member of the County Board and has continued to work tirelessly for the betterment of our community. He has served as Chair of the Dane County Parks Commission for over 30 years! In addition, Bill has a profound legacy as a conservation leader helping direct the programs of important environmental organizations. He was co-founder of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and has served in leadership positions on the boards of The Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Chapter, Groundswell Conservancy,

Bill’s leadership has helped guide and build one of the best park systems in Wisconsin. Since Lunney has taken leadership, Dane County parkland and natural resource areas have increased in size from 3,500 acres to more than 15,000 acres. Current and future generations will enjoy the fruits of his work for years to come.

County Executive Joe Parisi announced that Lake Farm County Park in Madison will be renamed the William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park to recognize his commitment to preserving our natural spaces and passion for providing so many great recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.


Giving back to the community is a rich part of Bill’s dedication and legacy and here is an opportunity for you! This is an opportunity for you and/or your organization to sponsor a large fundraising event, build relationships in the community and thank Bill for making Dane County a better place to live. Become an event sponsor and you will see a high level of recognition for your business, organization, as well as yourself, all while supporting your public lands and trails.

All proceeds from the event will support the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment, a permanent charitable fund designated to provide for education, interpretation and volunteerism. Strengthening the endowment will ensure that our parks, trails and open spaces are cared for not only today but for generations to come. Your contributions are tax deductible pursuant to Federal Income Tax law related to 501(c) 3 organizations.

Sponsor Packet


For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact:

  • Judie Pfeifer (Foundation for Dane County Parks Secretary) imjude1109@aol.com, (608) 334-0070, or
  • Darren Marsh (Dane County Parks Director) marsh@countyofdane.com, (608) 224-3766

Thank you to our Sponsors!

--- Community Leader - $5,000 ---

Mad City Dream Home logo      Dean Health Plan Logo      Dane County Conservation League   Carlson Black

Don Tierney logo     Lussier Family Heritage Center     Evjue Foundation

--- Steward - $2,500 ---

Anne and Tim Connor
BMO Harris Bank
Wisconsin Fishing Expo

--- Naturalist - $1,000 ---

American Family Insurance
Andy and Pam Lewis
Bill Lunney and Judie Pfeifer
The Capital Group
Dawn and Darren Marsh
Dean and Lisa Kalmerton
Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area
Gary Warner
Groundswell Conservancy
Melanie Lord and Gary Werner
Joe Sensenbrenner
Summit Credit Union
SVA Financial
Tom and Kim Thoresen

--- Trail Blazer - $500 ---

Cambridge Foundation
Caryl and Bob Terrell
Dan Wisniewski
Don Ferber
Former County Executive Kathleen Falk and Peter Bock
Gail and Dan Shea
Janet and Jay Loewi
Jim and Sharel Hubing
Kris and Doug Euclid
Kristine Eucline and Doug Steege
Kurt and Ann Krumholz
Larry Kruckman & Carolyn White
Madison Audubon
Mike and Linda Slavney
Natural Resources Foundation
Stark Realty
Sugar Maple Music Festival

--- Conservationist - $250 ---

Dave Ripp
Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Ice Age Trail Alliance
James Berbee and Karen Walsh
Susan Springman
TDS Telecom
Wisconsin Wetland Association

We would also like to thank the following businesses and organizations for helping promote this event:

Friends of Viking County Park
Natural Resources Foundation
River Alliance of Wisconsin