The Annual Golden Turtle Award Presented
to Cris and Tom Anderson

Photos courtesy of Rick Brems

The 2018 Golden Turtle award recipients are Cris and Tom Anderson. Tom is a life-long resident of St. Charles and Cris is from Brazil. They are partners and owners of Colonial Café and Ice Cream. Over the years Cris and Tom have been actively involved in various local organizations and were the recipients of the 1991 Charlemagne Award. Tom has been a member of the downtown and river committees since their formation and was president of the St. Charles RiverFest for 25 years. With support from Cris and Tom, the sculpture “Wind Emotions” was donated to the city and installed on the west side of the river next to Carroll Towers. This is the same location where in the 1920’s the Anderson family harvested ice to keep their Colonial milk and ice cream cold. Wind Emotions has been an impressive addition to the sculptures in St.Charles.


Cris belongs to the Pottawatomie Garden Club that maintains the beautiful native plant garden at the southwest end of the Illinois Bridge and flowers on both bridges. Since 2001, Tom and other Kiwanians led the clean up of the Fox River bank along Route 31 from Boy Scout Island to the railroad bike bridge. Their hard work now provides beautiful views of the Fox River and Pottawatomie Park. Cris and Tom continue to tirelessly work to enhance the riverfront experience for all and are inspirations for what individuals can do to advocate for our community’s most valuable asset, the Fox River.

Please help us make the Fox River Corridor of St. Charles a community centerpiece that is a destination for all. Donate a Bob Leonard Walkway Legacy Brick
  • The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
  •   P.O. BOX 3753
    St. Charles, IL 60174

Mission Statement

The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles supports and advocates for projects that will enhance the downtown riverfront environment as a destination for cultural, educational, recreational, and economic opportunities that are accessible to all.