Benefit on Saturday, June 25 to Raise Funds to Beautify Park Forest Blue Star Marker Honoring Members of the Armed Forces

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—June 16, 2011. In 1945, the National Council of Garden Clubs started the Blue Star Marker project as a way to honor members of the Armed Forces. Signs with big blue stars were purchased by garden clubs and placed in all states along major highways to honor all members and branches of the military. There are currently fifty-two markers in the state of Illinois.

The Blue Star Marker that belongs to the Garden Club of Park Forest has recently been moved to a more prominent corner at Orchard Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard – across from the Park Forest Library.

In cooperation with the Village of Park Forest and the American Legion Post #1198, the Park Forest Garden Club has designed new foundations and perennial plantings for this very large site. The first phase of the project will cost $5,000.

To help raise funds for this very worth-while project, an “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 1631 Western Ave., Chicago Heights. Tickets are $8 each or 4 for $25.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Pat Tieder at 708-748-6333. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event.

If you cannot attend the event but would like to help, you can send a tax-deductible contribution to help with this cause. Checks should be made out to the Garden Club of Park Forest with ‘Blue Star Marker Project’ written in the memo section and sent to:

Loretta Madix, Treasurer

125 Sycamore

Frankfort, IL 60423.

For additional information about Blue Star Markers, visit

For additional information about the fund raiser, call Betty Doty at 708-748-3675.