The Leffingwell Society

Leading Sustainers of Forest Park

invest in a treasure

Forest Park is our region’s greatest treasure — an indispensable civic asset and a place beauty and discovery that connects our entire community.

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As you can imagine, it’s expensive to maintain a space of so vast and popular! Thankfully, the Leffingwell Society members of Forest Park Forever play a leadership role in ensuring the Park remains beautiful and well-maintained. Their annual membership gifts provide more than 75% of the annual funds our nonprofit uses to help maintain and sustain Forest Park!

SPECIAL 2019 GOAL

This year, Forest Park Forever has set the ambitious goal of growing our Leffingwell Society to 1,000 individuals, families, foundations and corporations – which means attracting more than 200 members in 2019. We are doing this to help us keep pace with the increasing costs of maintaining such a vast and popular space.

Q: WHAT WILL MY MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT?

Your Leffingwell Society membership will directly support the care of the Park — planting thousands of trees and bulbs each year, maintaining the path system, restoring the forests, caring for the waterway, assisting visitors, connecting youth to nature and so much more.

Q: ARE THERE SPECIAL LEFFINGWELL SOCIETY BENEFITS? 

Yes! While you can read a complete list of benefits farther down on this page, we will share that one of our members' favorite perks are the special events we hold exclusively for the Leffingwell Society at beautiful Park spots throughout the year. 

Q: WHO’S LEFFINGWELL?

Hiram W. Leffingwell, a civil engineer and pioneering real estate developer, was one of the founders of Forest Park in 1876. An early leadership donor to the Park, his gift began a tradition that continues today with our members.

For anyone who might be interested in considering supporting us at the Leffingwell Society level, doing so this year – during our “Leffingwell 1,000 Challenge” – would help us immensely. We thank you in advance for your support!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FOREST PARK FOREVER’S LEFFINGWELL SOCIETY, PLEASE CONTACT Megan Crain at 314.571.6065 or mcrain@forestparkforever.org.

 

$1,000 — Leffingwell Society Member

Benefits of all lower member levels PLUS

  • Personal invitations to Leffingwell Society member-only events

  • Advance reservations at the Boathouse

  • One free round (18 holes) with cart at Norman K. Probstein Golf Courses

  • 20% discount on rental of the Trolley Room in the Visitor Center

  • Quarterly Leffingwell Letters

$2,500 — Leffingwell Society Bronze

All Leffingwell Society Member benefits PLUS

  • Complimentary holiday plant

  • Personalized 8x8 brick paver at the base of Government Hill (for first time members)

$5,000 — Leffingwell Society Silver

All Leffingwell Society Bronze benefits PLUS

  • Invitation to the President’s Silver Social

$10,000 — Leffingwell Society Gold

All Leffingwell Society Silver benefits PLUS

  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Leffingwell Society Dinner

$15,000 — Leffingwell Society Sustainer

All Leffingwell Society Gold benefits PLUS

  • Champagne golf cart tour for up to 6 guests (date to be mutually agreed upon)

$25,000 — Leffingwell Society President's Circle

All Leffingwell Society Sustainer benefits PLUS

  • Private boat ride and dinner at the Boathouse (date to be mutually agreed upon)


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Given how much Forest Park adds to our lives, and our children’s, it was a no brainer for us to join the Leffingwell Society. We are in Forest Park regularly and have also thoroughly enjoyed Leffingwell events like the fall Bourbon & Bonfires gathering. Forest Park is truly a special place that is close to our hearts. We are so proud to support it!
— Hersh and Purvi Maniar, with their children in Forest Park