WT Group kicked off this year’s IAPD/IPRA conference in Chicago with a Winter Wonderland Reception, held at The Tavern Club at 333. This is the third year that WT has entertained its clients in advance of the conference, and this year the event was steeped in history with a unique, newly renovated venue. Not only does The Tavern Club at 333 offer amazing views of the Chicago Skyline, Chicago River and the Magnificent Mile, but it is also part of the rich history of the city. Opened in 1928, the club has had internationally renowned architects, politicians and sports stars among its members including Frank Lloyd Wright, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Carl Sandburg, and William Wrigley.
This year, over 100 clients and WT leaders attended the event. While networking and catching up with friends old and new, guests were entertained by a jazz trio from Columbia College. To supplement Chicago’s winter weather, attendees were given orange and white scarves branded with the WT logo to keep them both warm and stylish!
The highlight of the evening was a check presentation to the National Association of Park Foundations for their Swing 4 EveryBODY program, a campaign to install accessible swings for disabled individuals in local parks. It was a fitting contribution, given that the IAPD/IPRA conference is the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois.
“We were thrilled to be able to contribute to the outstanding, innovative Swing 4 EveryBODY program,” said Steve Triphahn, CEO, WT Group. “We are committed to building and designing projects in concert with outdoor spaces, so a program that focuses on local parks and making them more accessible is close to our heart.”
Troy Triphahn, COO, WT Group, echoed Steve’s remarks. “The contribution topped a wonderful evening spent with our valued clients that inspire us every day. We look forward to engaging with the parks and recreation community at this conference each year and thanking clients and partners for their loyalty. This year was no exception.”