OCSA first met Grace Neri at our inaugural Dog Walk in 2010. As a member of Girl Scout Troop 4058, their task as the Honor Guard was to present the flag of the United States of America that signaled the singing of the National Anthem. She has participated every year. In the last 2 years, in addition to supporting the Fox Valley community, Neri Landscape has supported our golf outings and our Dog walks. It is our great pleasure to introduce you to George (Geno), Angela, Grace, Gus and Gia…a family that gives back!
OCSA: Your daughter Grace has participated in every Dog Walk starting in September of 2010. Can you tell us about her involvement with the OCSA Team?
Grace and her Girl Scout Troop have volunteered for the OCSA Dog Walk for the past 5 years. It is a great event to support OCSA and meet new people! She loves seeing all the dogs and people and has a wonderful time while supporting such an important cause. Grace loves giving back to the community we live in and getting the message out about all the amazing things OCSA is doing to further the fight against ovarian cancer.
OCSA: You kindly supported the Posejpal family through a very tough time, can you talk a little about that friendship?
We have known the Posejpal family for many years. Our son Gus is in the same grade as Zack & Lindsay and has been friends with them since kindergarten. Angela & Michelle volunteered on the PTO at Williamsburg Elementary School together and we became friends through those past connections. We were heartbroken at the loss of our friend all too soon to ovarian cancer. We wanted to support George & the twins in any way possible. The small gesture of cutting the grass for George or brightening up his gardens was our way of trying to help in a small way and bring a little ray of sunshine to the Posejpal family during an extraordinarily difficult time.
OCSA: You have a close personal relationship with OCSA Board member Kurt Klepitsch, DVM. How long have you known Kurt?
Geno has known Kurt since high school. When we got our first dog, we started her vet care at Gateway with Kurt. He is an amazing and extremely caring vet. Our relationship grew through the years as we brought each of our 5 dogs to Gateway. Kurt has always been a wonderful friend and veterinarian to our family. We also formed a business relationship with Kurt through various landscaping projects at his home and Gateway Veterinary Clinic.
OCSA: Can you tell us about your family landscape business?
Neri Landscape has been in business for 20 years. We began our business to create beauty and provide superior customer service to our clients. We are a full service landscape company that offers landscape design and installation; weekly lawn maintenance; brick paver & natural stone work; design and installation of patios, sidewalks, & driveways; water features & ponds; outdoor lighting; spring & fall clean ups; and Christmas lighting. We have a passion for making your yard look amazing whether it is an oasis from the world, your kid’s playground, or that moment in the day where you notice just how beautiful our world is.
OCSA: You have sponsored OCSA’s events for the last couple of years and you believe in giving back to the community. Can you tell us a little bit about the other organizations you support?
We love the Fox Valley Community. We try to give back by doing good works and investing in our wonderful community where we are so fortunate to raise our 3 children. We love to support organizations close to our hearts such as OCSA at the Annual Dog Walk and Golf Event, The Northern Illinois Food Bank-every year we begin our season with an all company food pack, Geneva Beautification Committee-we sponsor and care for a garden by the Geneva Post Office, Williamsburg Elementary PTO-we support the Parent’s Night Out event and Fun Fair event, St. Patrick’s School-we donated to the annual fundraiser, Living Well Cancer Center-we donated to and supported the Stiletto Strut event, Chicago Steel Hockey Team-we are a sponsor of the USHL Jr. Hockey team, Geneva Baseball Association-we have sponsored Geneva Baseball, and Fox Valley Court Watch for victims of domestic violence-we help support through donation. We believe that creating beauty all around us comes from within.