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IN BLOOM NEWSLETTER
Spring 2018

Welcome to the brand new Random Acts of Flowers e-newsletter! We’re excited to have the opportunity to keep you up-to-date on goings-on in Indianapolis on a more frequent basis, so that you can see how delivering hope is changing lives bouquet-by-bouquet, person-by-person.

But, don’t worry! We aren’t going to clog up your inbox! We hope that you will stay subscribed so that you can see the power of flowers firsthand!

Thank you for your continued support of our mission!

Sincerely,
Cheryl, Lindsay, Emily, Larsen, and the whole RAF Team

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FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO OUR HOUSE

Our Spring Fundraising Workshop and Luncheon, held on May 7th and 8th, featured an exclusive guest speaker familiar with creating floral designs of the highest caliber. Laura Dowling, former White House Floral Designer and author the books Floral Diplomacy and A White House Christmas joined excited participants at RAF Indianapolis on Monday afternoon to create the centerpieces for the Tuesday luncheon. During this VIP workshop, Laura shared some of the tips and tricks she learned during her time in the Obama White House.

The next day, a much larger group gathered for a luncheon celebrating Random Acts of Flowers’ success during its first seventeen months in operation in Indianapolis. RAF Founder and CEO Larsen Jay joined in on the festivities, as well!

EAGER TO SPREAD JOY

Volunteers Marilyn and Jim Misner got involved about a year ago after hearing about our newest branch on the local news. The couple loves gardening and flowers and the added bonus of paying that love forward to people in local healthcare facilities really drew them to the mission! They love knowing their work touches lives in the community by raising patients’ spirits during a difficult time.

Both Marilyn and Jim encourage other people to volunteer at RAF because it’s wonderful to share such a worthwhile goal with those who are “eager to spread joy.” When they’re not volunteering, the Misners enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren, traveling, gardening, and staying active outdoors.

A BLOOMING SUCCESS

On March 26th, we hosted a Flowers After Hours event to a SOLD OUT crowd!

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NEWS FROM THE WORKSHOP
  • Concerts for a Cause –  Early this year, RAF Indianapolis was chosen as the recipient organization for the inaugural Indianapolis Concerts for a Cause. “CFAC Founder [Bruce] Kidd explained by designating a small organization as the benefactor, the amount of money an event like CFAC raises can have an immense effect on the persons that these local charities serve.January 27’s Stephen Kellogg concert had 250 people in attendance and donated almost $20,000 to Random Acts of Flowers. Kidd further noted the idea of giving to a single small local charity is consistent with his life philosophy of ‘do all the good you can, for as many people as you can, in all the ways you can, for as long as you can.’”
  • Valentine’s Day Bounty – We had so many flowers from Valentine’s Day, and then ProFlowers called us to donate hundreds more! So, Lindsay drove to pick them up and stopped at healthcare facilities along the way back, delivering hope at every stop she made. She made more than 1,000 deliveries in one afternoon!
    Check out our Facebook to see the whole story!
  • Recycling Event Flowers – Our dedicated volunteers have rescued and repurposed flowers from several local events, delivering hope with something that would have otherwise been thrown away! These events include The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’s Game On Gala, The Indianapolis American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Annual Luncheon, and The Indy 500 Victory Circle and Victory Banquet. We are so grateful to these local organizations for including us in their events!

Deliveries of Hope
38,500+ in Indianapolis
323,000+ Nationwide

Vases Recycled
40,500+ in Indianapolis
341,500+ Nationwide

Volunteer Hours
12,000+ in Indianapolis
155,500+ Nationwide

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