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A $5,000 check from Walgreens for the Grandmother Park Initiative, presented to Gay Riseborough and Dorothy Dare on Jan. 23, has brought the grass-roots effort to create a tiny neighborhood park closer to construction. 

Managers of several Walgreens’ stores – the three in Evanston and one in Wilmette – gathered at the Main/Dodge Walgreens on Jan. 23 for the presentation. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite and representatives of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development were on hand for the presentation.

Pictured above are, back row, left to right, Ald. Braithwaite; Paul Zalmezak and Meagan Jones of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development; Mayor Tisdahl; Helmut Montfort, certified store manager at the Main/Dodge Walgreens; and Roger Agustin, store manager at the Wilmette Walgreens; front row, left to right, Dorothy Dare and Gay Riseborough of Grandmother Park Initiative; Dan Dwyer, manager at the Green Bay/Simpson Walgreens; and John Graver, store manager at Chicago/Keeney, where the new super-green Walgreens is planned.