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AFE Turns 50!

Join us in celebrating AFE's First 50 Years of funding unparalleled research and education during our annual Fundraising dinner, September 22 in Orlando.  The fundraising dinner, held annually in conjunction with the Society of American Florists' annual convention, will honor the thousands of florists, wholesalers, growers, suppliers and scientists who have worked tirelessly for decades to make the Endowment the industry’s premier research support organization.

To register for AFE’s 50th Anniversary dinner on September 22nd, become a dinner sponsor, or to make a general contribution to AFE, contact Debi Aker at daker@endowment.org, (703) 838-5211.


MSU Graduate Awarded 2010 Paul Ecke Jr. MS/PhD Scholarship

Daedre Craig, currently pursuing her doctorate at Michigan State University (MSU), and who is currently receiving the Michigan State University Plant Science Fellowship, is the head grower for the MSU Horticulture Organization of Graduate Students. 

Craig has been recognized by numerous organizations for her achievements in research and academia, and this latest achievement of receiving the Paul Ecke Scholarship nets her financial assistance of $8,000.


Memorial Tribute Established as AFE Mourns the Passing of Trustee Ernesto Velez

To honor Ernesto Velez, a memorial tribute has been created within the American Floral Endowment (AFE). Velez, an AFE Trustee since 2004, died March 21.

“Ernesto was always a strong champion of the research funded by AFE,” said Kennicott of Kennicott Brothers in Chicago. “What made Ernesto special was his great passion for so many different things: the quality of the flowers he grew, the flower industry and its community of people, his family and his country. The flower industry will not be the same without Ernesto.”


Post Production Research: Cut Flower Longevity

Chlorine Dioxide Reduces Bacteria and Increases Vase Life of Fresh Cut Flowers

Cut flower longevity is often reduced by an accumulation of bacteria in floral solutions and flower stems.  Chlorine dioxide (ClO2), a broad spectrum bactericide commercially used for sanitizing fruit and vegetable surfaces, was tested to determine its potential use as an antimicrobial agent for fresh cut flower stems and solutions.

Final Research findings on this AFE funded project.


Floral Design Students Receive Financial Support Through AFE

Four floral design institutions will receive funds totaling more than $16,000 from AFE's James and Helen Phillip Scholarship Fund.

Established in 2008 by a $500,000 donation from TV producer Lee Phillip Bell to honor her parents, James and Helen Phillip, this scholarship provides grants to colleges/institutions that have accredited one-, two-, or four-year floral design programs to provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers in the retail sector of the floral industry.


Ensuring the Next 50 Years: Consider a Bequest Gift to AFE

Through the collective efforts and generosity of many, many individuals and companies over AFE’s 50 years, much has been accomplished for the benefit of the floriculture industry. Millions of dollars have been invested in research benefiting the entire industry, and hundreds of students excited about careers within the field of floriculture have received critical paid internships opportunities and scholarships. 

Through a deferred gift in your will (or living trust), you can help ensure that AFE’s next 50 years at AFE will be just as remarkable.  


2010 - Issue Two
In This Issue
   AFE Turns 50!
   MSU Graduate Awarded 2010 Paul Ecke Jr. MS/PhD Scholarship
   Memorial Tribute Established as AFE Mourns the Passing of Trustee Ernesto Velez
   Post Production Research: Cut Flower Longevity
   Floral Design Students Receive Financial Support Through AFE
   Ensuring the Next 50 Years: Consider a Bequest Gift to AFE
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Sponsorship Opportunities!

Join other industry organizations by becoming a sponsor of the 2010 AFE Fundraising Dinner and 50th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration - September 22, in Orlando. 

All sponsors receive recognition during the dinner, in the commemorative printed program, on AFE's web site, and receive special seating during the event.

Sponsorships available:

  • Table Hosts
  • Table Sponsors
  • Entertainment Sponsors
  • Wine/Champagne Sponsors
  • Other Sponsorships are available.

Contact AFE for more information!


Final Research Reports Available on the AFE Web Site!

AFE research addresses a diverse range of topics, from pest and disease management, breeding and genetics, production technology, production and post-production protocols, and consumer behavior.  Final reports on all AFE research are available at www.endowment.org.

** As a follow up to the last AFE Bulletin, Parts II and III of the Special Research Report “The Appeal of Biodegradable Packaging to Floral Consumers” are now published.


Congratulations to Vic and Margaret Ball Scholars!

AFE awarded three students the Vic and Margaret Ball scholarship from the March 1 application deadline.  These students will perform a three to six month internship at a commercial production operation.  Upon completion, they will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,500 – $6,000.  The next application deadline is October 1st – visit the AFE web site for more information.

Aric Compliment, a student at College of Dupage will complete a three-month internship at Heartland Growers, a family owned growing operation in Westfield, Ind.

Dominic Vercelote, a student at University of Georgia will perform a six-month internship at The Sun Valley Group in Arcata, Calif.

Rachel Palmer, a student at the University of Minnesota, will perform a three-month internship at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC.

Attention Growers:  If your business hosts interns and you would like to be considered as a Ball host employer, please contact AFE at (703) 838-5211.

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