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'Award for Advocacy' for Friends of Hauberg

The Friends of Hauberg will be recognized for preserving a local landmark. The civic center foundation will receive an "award for advocacy" this Friday in Chicago. Landmarks Illinois will honor the non-profit for restoring the Denkmann-Hauberg Estate in Rock Island.

A few years ago, the Friends of Hauberg began to restore the mansion and its surrounding ten acres. Now it's used for weddings, baby showers, fundraisers, and other events.

Executive Director Deb Kuntzi says the estate is very important to the Quad Cities.

"Along with Friends of Hauberg, the community really stepped forward and wanted to save it also. And, they haven't let us down. It's been a very good thing. The community loves this estate, and it shows."

Every year, Landmarks Illinois honors nine individuals and organizations. Frank Butterfield, Director of Landmarks' Springfield office, says the awards are highly contested.

"Each year we receive dozens of nominations throughout the state. Some from preservation professionals, some from folks within city government, businesses, local advocates, and all different types of reuse or stewardship projects. From these, we award nine preservation awards."

While in Chicago, Kuntzi will participate in a panel discussion on Thursday. And the Friends of Hauberg will receive the "award for advocacy" at the ceremony on Friday.