Loaves & Fishes Community Services and the Naperville Parks Foundation have partnered to auction limited artisan pieces created from the majestic Hobson Oak that stood near Hobson and Greene Roads for nearly two hundred and fifty years. The auction will take place at Loaves & Fishes Night to End Hunger event on August 25th, 2018 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook.
The legendary bur oak has become a piece of Naperville and DuPage County history, with roots tracing back to before the American Revolution, and shading Native Americans and settlers. It was carefully taken down in November 2016 with a promise to maintain its legacy through the Naperville Parks Foundation.
Several artists have obtained pieces of the Hobson Oak tree to create wood crafts which will be available for bidding both at the Night to End Hunger event and simultaneously via the auction’s online bidding platform beginning 8-18-18. The link will be made available here along with updated Hobson Oak auction information. In addition, ten Hobson Oak saplings will be available in the auction. Over the last two years The Morton Arboretum successfully germinated and nurtured the seedlings that grew from the oak’s acorns collected by volunteers. A portion of the funds raised from the seedlings also benefits The Morton Arboretum.
All proceeds from the auction of the Hobson Oak pieces will be split between Loaves & Fishes and the Naperville Parks Foundation.