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    Furniture and Objects Made from 2012 Storm to be Displayed and Sold at West Chicago's Railroad Days, July 11-14, 2013

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    On July 1, 2012, a large and powerful storm passed through the western suburbs of Chicago, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Reed Keppler Park, located in West Chicago, was hit hard. Reed Keppler Park lost nearly 200 trees making up approximately 1/3 of their tree population. Most of these trees were red and white oaks many over 100 years old.

    The West Chicago Park district, Ron Meyers (a local woodworker and sawmill owner/operator), local architect Jeff Perkis and architecture students from the Illinois Institute of Technology have been working since January to turn tragedy into opportunity.

    IIT architecture professor Paul Pettigrew’s Architecture & Furniture classes, have designed and fabricated rings, tables, benches, lamps and more using  wood from the damaged trees from this storm. 50+ functional object and furniture pieces will be on display and for sale & raffled off at West Chicago’s annual Railroad Days festival over the weekend of July 11th – 14th marking the one-year anniversary of the storm. Proceeds from the raffled and sold furniture pieces will go to both Reed Keppler Park and The Conservation Foundation.

    Architecture students of IIT and community members from West Chicago hope to demonstrate to Railroad Day’s visitors that although the trees of Reed Keppler Park are gone, their ability to contribute to the community is very much alive and well.

    For more information please visit www.out-ofthewoods.com or contact Jeff Perkis at 630.699.3669, or email to jeffperkis@aol.com.