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 - 7:30 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.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support this cause, consider making a donation in Bill's honor. Instructions on how to donate online or mail a check are listed on the Foundation for Dane County Parks Endowment webpage

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 pursuant to Federal Income Tax law relate to 501(c) 3 organizations.

Thank you for your support!

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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
We know that many of you have worked with Bill over the years and have many fond memories and stories. We will be creating a printed memory book for Bill so he can look back at all that has been accomplished and everyone he has worked with during his years of service. If you would like to add stories, memories, messages of goodwill or photos to this book, please email them to the Foundation for Dane County Parks, foundationfordanecountyparks@gmail.com by September 30. There will also be a memory book table at the event so you can bring your written message to the event or write one there if you prefer.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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

The Cap Times logo

Stephen Morton             Doug and Sherry Caves           Walter A. and Jean Meanwell

Mad City Dream Home logo          Carlson Black  Lussier Family Heritage CenterLiliana's Logo

Little John's logo   Charles on Main logo


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

Anne and Tim Connor         Dan and Natalie Erdman

Don Tierney logo     Dean Health Plan Logo     Madison Fishing Expo    Dane County Conservation League     Groundswell Conservancy   Ho Chunk logo  BMO Harris

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

American Family Insurance
Andy and Pam Lewis
Dawn and Darren Marsh
Dean and Lisa Kalmerton
Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Inc.
Judie Pfeifer and Bill Lunney
Lon and Sue Sprecher

Matt and Clare Carlson

Melanie Lord and Gary Werner

MG&E Foundation
Mike and Linda Slavney

Park Hotel
Summit Credit Union
SVA Financial Group
The Capital Group
The Nature Conservancy
Tom and Kim Thoresen

--- Trail Blazer - $500 ---

Agora/Fitchburg Center
Anne and Kurt Krumholz
Bill and Lorette Wambach

Cambridge Foundation
Carla and Mike DiIorio
Caryl and Bob Terrell
Dan Wisniewski 
Friends of Schumacher Farm Park
Don Ferber
Former County Executive Kathleen Falk and Peter Bock
Friends of McCarthy Park
Gail and Dan Shea
Gathering Waters Conservancy
Janet and Jay Loewi
Jim and Sharel Hubing
John and Judith Hutchinson
Kristine Euclide and Doug Steege
Larry Kruckman and Carolyn White
Laura Hicklin
Madison Audubon
Matt and Kay Frank
Natural Resources Foundation
Stark Realty
Sugar Maple Music Festival

--- Conservationist - $250 ---

Ale Asylum
Brad and Kelly Mullins
Dave Ripp 
David Clutter and Meredith Porembski
Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Friends of Stewart County Park
Greg and Jane Hyer
Ice Age Trail Alliance
James Berbee and Karen Walsh
Jan Zimmermann 
Jessica and Jim Doyle
Jim Welsh

Linda Bochert

Madison Community Foundation

Michael Theo

Oak Bank

Park Bank
Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Susan A. Springman

TDS Telecom
Thomas and Margie Krauskopf
Tim Turino DC and Karen Turino
Wisconsin Wetland Association

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

Anderson Park Friends, Inc.
Friends of CamRock County Park

Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area

Friends of McCarthy Youth Conservation Park

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Friends of Silverwood County Park

Friends of Stewart County Park

Friends of Viking County Park
Friends of Wisdom Prairie
Groundswell Conservancy

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Natural Resources Foundation
River Alliance of Wisconsin