Tony Abruscato, Get Growing Foundation, Chicago, Illinois. Affectionately called “Mr. Green Chicago” by his friends and supporters, Tony’s broad experience in marketing, communications, finance, sponsorship, and executive management converge under his leadership as president and founder of The Get Growing Foundation. In 2011, Tony acquired the Chicago Flower & Garden Show® and became owner and president of its parent company, Flower Show Productions. In the years that followed and through his mantra to “Inspire, Educate. Motivate.”, Tony built on the legacy of the iconic event to create a flourishing, urban-style flower and garden show that not only welcomes spring in Chicago but educates waves of new attendees each year. The Show closed due to COVID-19 in March of 2020. In March 2017, Tony founded The Get Growing Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing green to underserved communities in and around Chicagoland. The Foundation adopted the mission to cultivate the next generation of gardener and aspires to turn any thumb green. In August 2019, Tony launched PLANT TRUCK Chicago, a mobile plant boutique pop-up and subsequently the Get Growing! EXPO series in June 2021. Abruscato’s mission to inspire a greener Chicago and generations of new and experienced gardeners comes from his personal passion to create livable, sustainable communities that enhance lives and neighborhoods.