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Chase the Moon was the brainchild of Pam Bellm and Ed Bonifas, just a couple of do-gooders with a desire to do something to make a difference, and the energy, creativity and connections to pull it off! Together, Pam and Ed turned a dream into a reality by not accepting "no" - if one option failed, they moved on to another. Creativity and resourcefulness were paramount. They worked with local, county, state and federal agencies, made many new connections and strengthened existing ones.

They both believe in the work the Foundation does, but also had reached a point where they felt a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in what Chase the Moon had become, and were ready to move on to their next crazy adventure. Staff and volunteers of The Conservation Foundation worked alongside Pam, Ed, the rest of their Board and volunteers to learn the ropes.  In 2006 we were the grateful recipients of $17,000 raised from the event that year, and have officially taken over the ride as our own.

 The Conservation Foundation is very excited to be the recipients of this unique and special bike ride.  The Conservation Foundation has raised nearly $100,000 to preserve open space and protect the rivers and streams of northeastern Illinois from the Chase the Moon bike ride over the past seven years. We will be forever grateful for the hard work and giving spirits of its creators.

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