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The AFE 42nd Annual Fundraising Dinner, scheduled in conjunction with the SAF Annual Convention in Palm Springs, California was held on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

The evening was full of celebration; we recognized two years’ worth of new named funds, donor giving-levels and AFE accomplishments (last year’s event was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.)
The night concluded with a special gift given to our Past-Chairman, Dwight Larimer, as he hands over the position to the incoming Chairman, Jim Daly. We thank Dwight for all he has done for the Endowment and are thankful he will serve on the Board for two more years.

Other special thanks of the night go to:

  • 50+ sponsors (see below)
  • 20 organizations who have helped to reach the $1 million mark for our thrips and Botrytis research campaign
  • Sakata Seed America for its 2017 “40 Days of Summer Giving” matching gift campaign
  • Smithers-Oasis/Floralife who committed to the second year of the year-end gift-matching campaign.

AFE update highlights:


Thank you, everyone, who supported or spent an awesome evening with us. We look forward to next year in Amelia Island, FL!

And a very special thank-you to our sponsors!

Event Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor


Floral Sponsor

Special Thanks

Media Sponsors


Table Hosts



Wine Sponsors



  • Baisch & Skinner 
  • Bloomerang Solutions
  • Bonide 
  • Burton + Burton
  • David & Stacy Boulton
  • Continental Flowers
  • Gainan’s Floral and Greenhouses
  • Griffin
  • Leider Horticultural Company
  • Manatee Fruit Company
  • Phillips Flowers
  • Phoenix Flower Shops
  • Pugh’s Flowers
  • Stadium Flowers