AFE’s 2012 fundraising dinner, held Sept. 20, 2012 at SAF’s Annual Convention in Palm Beach, was more than your average fundraising dinner.
In addition to donor recognitions, networking and the opportunity for industry members to show their support for AFE, one special presentation made the night a “one in a million” event for the 200-plus AFE supporters at the dinner.
Teleflora and AFE Chairman Tom Butler, along with Teleflora President Jeff Bennett and Executive Vice President Jack Howard, presented AFE and incoming AFE Chairman Paul Bachman of Bachman’s Inc., with a $1 million check on behalf of Teleflora and owners Stewart and Lynda Resnick.
“For many years, Teleflora has been a proud supporter of the American Floral Endowment,” said Bennett. “We believe in the research and educational efforts of AFE, and know that this work has and will continue to advance and improve our industry. Stewart and Lynda Resnick acquired Teleflora in 1979, and since then, Teleflora has been supporting the Endowment with yearly contributions.”
The $1 million donation is the largest in AFE history and establishes the Teleflora Fund. This Fund will be unrestricted so that AFE can increase annual funding for special projects or additional research.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Butler who is completing his two-year term as AFE’s Chairman. “For more than 50 years, AFE has been working to address critical industry problems by funding research and scholarships – and on behalf of the AFE Board of Trustees we are thrilled and grateful to receive this most generous donation.”
Additional photos from the 2012 fundraising dinner are available online.