Blossoms of Hope Board and Staff are ready for Tip-Off!

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Blossoms of Hope has been chosen to compete in Brackets for Good, the March Madness for non-profits again this year!   While the tournament starts on March 2nd, we have been granted a bye and will officially start on March 9th.  Blossoms is the only Howard County non-profit in the Maryland tournament again this year!

 

We are happy to announce that Blossoms of Hope has a Community Teammate this year!  We welcome The Wendy Slaughter Team at Next Step Realty to our team!  Ask us how you can become a Community Teammate.

How can you help?  There are several, fun ways to get involved and help Blossoms move from one round to the next.

  • Attend our Happy Hour at SteelFire Kitchen and Bar on March 14th from 5-7 pm.  There will be some fun prizes and opportunities to donate live.  As we move to the next round, we will publish other happy hours.
  • When we go live on March 9th at 8 pm, through March 16th at 8 pm, we would love to receive your donation to push us to the next round.  Donating is easy, you can donate through your phone, our website, or even making a phone call.
  • Tell your friends!  

 

Immediate Volunteer Opportunity!

We are holding our Volunteer Kick-off meeting for Power of the Purse on Wednesday, February 28th from 4:30 - 6:30 at our NEW Power of the Purse Headquarters (we will reveal the location soon)!  Would you like to be a part of this event?  Please check out this evite and let us know if you would like to come.  If the date doesn't work and you still want to be involved, please email us at info@blossomsofhope.org.

October!!

What a busy and fun month October was for Blossoms of Hope!  

The month kicked off with a "Grand Opening" of sorts at EC Pops.  The entire shop was dressed in pink when it opened on October 1st.  Throughout October, 100% of the proceeds from specific "pink" items will be donated to Blossoms!

 Blossoms Vice-Chair Sherri Collins-Witzke and EC Pops Owner, Lance Sovine

Blossoms Vice-Chair Sherri Collins-Witzke and EC Pops Owner, Lance Sovine

October 9th, Blossoms hosted our Volunteer Celebration.  We thanked our volunteers, donors and sponsors with a happy hour, socializing and the premiere of our new video!  Not very many dry eyes in the room, it is a powerful message about why Blossoms of Hope is a passion for us!

And the reason why we do what we do, we presented the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center with a check for $30,000.  We truly appreciate everyone who contributes to Blossoms of Hope, both with their time and financially.  

Blossoms capped off our busy month with a tree planting at Merriweather!  Blossoms of Hope and the Howard Hughes Corporation have partnered for 3 years in a commitment to plant pink blossoming trees throughout downtown Columbia.  Trees came from Country Springs Nursery and are being planted by Howard Ecoworks.  

Blossoms of Hope Tree Dedication Honoring Ellicott City Flood Victims

One year ago, Howard County was shocked and saddened after the flood in Ellicott City.  The community rallied around Ellicott City and helped to get many people and businesses back on their feet.

The devastating loss of lives, Jessica Watsula, Joseph Blevins and John Pacylowski, have left a hole in many hearts that cannot be filled.  Blossoms of Hope wanted the families of the victims to know that their loved ones had not been forgotten.  

3 Kwanzan cherry trees behind the Welcome Center were dedicated in memory of Jessica, John and Joseph with a brief ceremony on July 29th.  Plaques and ribbons were placed by each of the trees memoralizing all.

Cherrybration 2017 Thank you!

We started the season on March 30th at our annual Cherrybration Kickoff Celebration.  This season, there was something for everyone!

The Arts:

  • April 7th the Columbia Art Center hosts a reception, displaying a themed exhibition honoring Columbia's 50th Birthday.
  • May 22nd, AIDA Bistro and Wine Bar hosts a reception celebrating the work of Teri Rizzutti.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Clarks Elioak hosts Cherrybration Weekend April 8th and 9th.  
  • Terrapin Adventures hosts Cherrybration day on April 23rd.  
  • Play in our Annual Pink Greens Golf Tournament on April 28th.
  • Run a 5K at the Hills of Milltown Challenge on May 14th.

Shopping:

  • Enjoy vendors, lunch and a fashion show at Pretty In Pink on April 14th.
  • Our 6th Annual Power of the Purse Sale and Silent Auction will be held on June 12th.

Thanks to all of our volunteers, donors, sponsors and attendees for making another successful Cherrybration Season!

Baltimore's Brackets for Good Inaugural Tournament 2017

Thank you to all who donated, shared, liked and engaged our posts and emails during our week in the competition of Brackets for Good!

Unfortunately, we lost. Buzzer beaters for the other team did us in. We put up a valiant effort, $587, and hopefully we will be competing again next year!

A little bit about Brackets for Good:

  • Every March, Brackets For Good hosts a single-elimination, bracket-style fundraising tournaments across the country that raise much-needed funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
  •  All registered nonprofits will go through the annual Brackets For Good selection process. 
  • Brackets For Good hosts a pre-tournament Pep Rally (in-person and virtual), where selected nonprofits will learn key strategies for a successful tournament run.
 Blossoms of Hope Board and Staff at the Brackets for Good Pep Rally with Matt from Brackets!

Blossoms of Hope Board and Staff at the Brackets for Good Pep Rally with Matt from Brackets!

 

  • Participating nonprofits retain the donations raised and all donor information during the tournament, regardless of advancement. The tournament champion in each city will also receive a grand prize donation from the title sponsor.
  • The six-round tournament takes place over five weeks beginning on the last Friday in February, with each of the first four rounds lasting a full week and the semifinal and championship round each lasting three days.
  • The tournament begins with 64 charities, each paired in a competitive match-up against an opponent. Charities advance through the rounds by rallying enthusiastic donors to scoring more points than their opponent. Every $1 donated through https://bfg.org/ equals 1 point scored for the chosen charity. At the end of each round, the nonprofit with the most points in the individual match-up advances to the next round, the points are reset, and the fundraising continues until a champion is crowned.

 

Turf Valley Resort hosts Temporary Main Street

Two weeks ago at our Blossoms of Job event, Turf Valley announced that they would host businesses that were displaced by the flood on July 30th.  

Today, Turf Valley put out a press release announcing that 11 Ellicott City businesses will be open for business in Turf Valley starting this Friday, August 26th!  Businesses will be able to set up a store with remaining inventory and be able to bring in new inventory and recreate that Main Street atmosphere.  The stores will be in the lower level of Turf Valley Resort.  Hours this weekend will be Friday (11am-7pm), Saturday (11am-7pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm).

Businesses include:

  • Southwest Connection
  • Still Life Gallery
  • Boliwalou
  • Zebop
  • Simply Divine Boutique
  • The Vintage Vault and Gallery
  • Sue Langert
  • Matcha Time Café and Gift Shop
  • Syriana Gallery
  • Park Ridge Trading Co.
  • Attic Antiques 

Turf Valley Resort is offering this space to the tenants free of charge, in lieu of the flooding on Saturday, July 30. General Manager Pete Mangione and his family, who own Turf Valley Resort, feel that “giving back to the community and fellow business owners is the right thing to do. Having a gem like historic Ellicott City so close to the resort has certainly been a wonderful asset for Turf Valley guests to visit and explore and we want to do as much as we can to help the merchants who lost so much.”