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2016 Fundraising Dinner Raises Nearly $20,000 for Floriculture Programs


Attended by nearly 300 industry members, the 2016 Annual Fundraising Dinner was an exciting and momentous evening, honoring industry champions and raising nearly $20,000 for floriculture.

Among the many highlights...

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Bringing Young Business Professionals to You!

 

Are you looking for bright, enthusiastic young professionals to join your team?

AFE's Business Internship Program and new Employer Resource Guide can set you up for success with interns in marketing, graphic design, communications and other related areas.

Read more to learn how AFE can help you!

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New AFE Chairman, Trustees Welcomed

Three new AFE Trustees (listed below) have been appointed to the board, and a new Chairman, Dwight Larimer, has also been appointed.

  • David Boulton of Flowers by George, Inc.
  • Patrick Dahlson of Mayesh Wholesale Florist
  • Michael A. Mellano, Ph.D., of Mellano & Company

Read about our new Trustees and Chairman.


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Memorial Tribute Honors Gene Yoshihara

A new memorial tribute, in memory of lifelong floral industry figure Eugene "Gene" Yoshihara, was established by the Tagawa family.

The respected industry veteran leaves behind a great legacy...

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Industry Collaborations: National Floriculture Forum

The National Floriculture Forum (NFF) recently partnered with AFE to permanently host all information on the Endowment's website about the NFF.

The NFF is an annual educational meeting for industry members, and will hold its next meeting in Philadelphia from March 17-19, 2017.

Read more for information about the event.


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Have You Seen AFE's New Videos?

The Endowment released new videos to spread awareness about our industry and highlight floriculture success stories.

The newest videos promote the Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program, and feature interviews from real students who had successful internship experiences.

Watch the videos here!


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Getting Back to the Basics: Cooling, Cleanliness and Care

Floral customers want beautiful flowers that last. The biological mechanisms governing flower life and quality are complex, but the practices recommended for growers, wholesalers and retail florists are really quite simple.

AFE-supported research confirms that there are three keys to quality: cold, cleanliness and careful processing.

Read about the three C's.


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Five New Named Funds Announced

Five new named funds were announced at the 2016 fundraising dinner totaling more than $480,000 in funding for AFE's scholarship and research programs.

  • BioWorks Fund
  • Blackmore Family Fund
  • Carlstedt's LLC Fund
  • Tagawa Family Fund
  • Yoshimi and Grace Shibata Family Fund

Read more about these donors and how these funds will be used.

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Promoting Horticulture Through 'Seed Your Future' Movement

Seed Your Future (SYF) is a national movement started by Longwood Gardens and the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Along with the financial support of AFE, SYF aims to make more young people aware that horticulture is a vital and exciting career path.

Learn how you can be part of the movement.


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More Than $35,000 Awarded in 2016 Scholarships


Seventeen students were awarded with scholarships in 2016 totaling more than $35,000.

The next deadline for applications is: May 1, 2017.

See the full list of scholarship recipients


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Thank You to the 2016 Dinner Sponsors!

We want to thank all of the 2016 fundraising dinner sponsors for their support!

A special thank you to the Society of American Florists for allowing us to hold our annual dinner during their convention.

See the full list of sponsors.


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Meet YPC Member Renee Wright

Renée Wright and Todd Smith,
Branch Manager at Mayesh

Renée Wright is a Sales Representative at Mayesh Wholesale Florist in Charlotte, N.C. and a Mississippi State University graduate.

Due to her floral design background, Renée mainly focuses on floral design work at Mayesh, and often creates arrangements for the wedding business.

As a Young Professionals Council member, Renée is involved in...

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Making Decisions on Year-End Giving


In November and December, the Endowment is making a major push to gain industry support for important floriculture programs.

For more than 55 years, and through many industry contributions, AFE has provided solutions to our biggest challenges...

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Benefits of Hosting an Intern


The Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program aims to provide students with meaningful work experience that will ensure the industry continues to benefit from the dedication of the next generation of skilled workers.

There are many ways in which an internship experience can be beneficial for you, your company, and your intern...

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Students Honored at ASHS Annual Conference

Katie Bennett and Dr. James Faust

Two students whose research projects have been supported by AFE, Katie Bennett and Krishna Bhattarai, were recognized during the 2016 American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference held from Aug. 8–11 in Atlanta, Ga.

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2016 ISSUE FOUR
SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION
In This Issue
   2016 Fundraising Dinner Raises Nearly $20,000 for Floriculture Programs
   Bringing Young Business Professionals to You!
   New AFE Chairman, Trustees Welcomed
   Memorial Tribute Honors Gene Yoshihara
   Industry Collaborations: National Floriculture Forum
   Have You Seen AFE's New Videos?
   Getting Back to the Basics: Cooling, Cleanliness and Care
   Five New Named Funds Announced
   Promoting Horticulture Through 'Seed Your Future' Movement
   More Than $35,000 Awarded in 2016 Scholarships
   Thank You to the 2016 Dinner Sponsors!
   Meet YPC Member Renee Wright
   Making Decisions on Year-End Giving
   Benefits of Hosting an Intern
   Students Honored at ASHS Annual Conference
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The AFE Bulletin is proudly sponsored by The Todd Bachman Memorial Fund.

Todd Bachman served as Chairman and CEO of Bachman's before his untimely death in 2008. Todd was a past Chairman of AFE and was very active in many state and national industry organizations.

Those who knew him will always remember what a great communicator he was and his outstanding leadership and devotion to work and family. His wife and daughters are honored to carry on his legacy.

 

 

 

 


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Important Deadlines:

Feb. 1, 2017:

  • Altman Family Scholarship Applications - for MS/Ph.D. students
    (Apply here)
  • Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship Applications - for MS/Ph.D. students
    (Apply here)
  • Business Internship Applications (Apply here)

March 1, 2017:

  • Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Applications - for commercial production
    (Apply here)
  • Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Applications - for retail, wholesale or allied trade (Apply here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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