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Supporters Rally to Raise Floriculture Funding at 2015 AFE Dinner

AFE’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the 2015 Annual Fundraising Dinner, was a record-breaking occasion, with more than 270 supporters in attendance.
5D3_3975New scholarships, educational programs and donors reaching new giving levels were announced at the dinner, which was held on September 10 at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Fla. in conjunction with the Society of American Florists’ (SAF’s) Annual Convention.
Among the many highlights, four new named funds totaling more than $850,000 were announced, and they will join the 12 other named funds created since 2011. Establishing a named fund is a great way to show your support and leave a lasting tribute to the floral industry for years to come.

Thank You!

2015 Dinner Sponsors

Reception Sponsor – $4,500

Entertainment – $2,500

Florals

Hosts – $2,500

Sponsors – $1,500

Printing Sponsors – $1,250

Wine Sponsors – $1,000

Other Supporters- $500+

One New Designated Named Fund (designated for a particular scholarship, research effort or grant):

Ken and Deena Altman, owners of Altman Plants, created a new scholarship which will be offered in 2016 for M.S./Ph.D. students, who will become leading floriculture scientists or educators. The scholarship application deadline date each year will be February 1st.
Altman Plants supplies exciting plant programs to large retailers with point of purchase materials, sales reps to assist with merchandising, a large distribution system that covers the United States, and offers expertise in growing plants.

Three New Undesignated Named Funds (flexible gifts not designated for a particular project or effort):

Ball is committed to sustainable practices and has highlighted its green accomplishments in its “Sustainability Report.” The company has worldwide production, sales and marketing through its many subsidiaries on six continents.

Hortica has been an active supporter of AFE since its inception. Prior to AFE and SAF joining resources, AFE relocated its offices to Hortica’s headquarters in Edwardsville, Ill. Hortica managed AFE’s administrative functions for four years during a period of AFE’s restructuring and growth.

Outgoing AFE Trustee Charles Kremp 3rdof Kremp Florist

Outgoing AFE Trustee Charles Kremp 3rd of Kremp Florist

Tim Galea and his wife Nancy Hooper were welcomed during the dinner as the newest members of AFE’s Legacy Circle – a group of individuals who have made provisions for a planned gift to AFE through a bequest, life insurance policy, trust or in other ways. Tim and Nancy were acknowledged for making arrangements to give to AFE toward the Tom Butler Family Fund.

The Endowment also recognized the following donors for reaching new giving levels:
Platinum Club (more than $100,000 in giving)
Altman Family

Diamond Club (more than $75,000 in giving)
Tagawa Greenhouses

(From left) Charles Walton, Charles Kremp and April Walton

(From left) Charles Walton, Charles Kremp and April Walton

Builders Club (more than $25,000 in giving)
Charles and April Walton
DESIGN MASTER color tool, inc.
Scotts Miracle-Gro
Benefactors Club (more than $20,000 in giving)
Albin Hagstrom & Son, Inc.
BloomNet
Patrons Club (more than $15,000 in giving)
Accent Décor
Hillcrest Gardens
National Floral Supply of Maryland
Founders Club (more than $10,000 in giving)
California Pajarosa
Continental Flowers

Additional dinner highlights:

More highlights from the event can be found in AFE’s Dinner Program.
The success of the dinner each year would not be possible without the sponsors (listed above) who contribute their names and financial support to the event. 2015AFEDinner2Contributions and sponsorships help offset administrative and dinner expenses, allowing more funding for research, grants and educational efforts that benefit the entire floral industry.
Photos from the dinner are available here or by contacting Communications Specialist Lori Ostrow.