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 email@example.com.
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!
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.
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.
We started the season on March 30th at our annual Cherrybration Kickoff Celebration. This season, there was something for everyone!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and donors who have supported Blossoms of Hope this year! Without you, we would not have been able to donate to both the Claudia Mayer Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center (CMTBCRC) AND the Ellicott City Partnership (ECP).
We held our 1st Annual Volunteer Celebration at Terrace on the Green in Turf Valley on Monday, October 10th. Our volunteers and sponsors have given so much to Blossoms, we wanted to thank them and recognize their efforts. During the Celebration, appetizers, drinks and conversations flowed. It was an enjoyable way to look back at our many 2016 events! Our chair, Joe Barbera, walked us through the events and hard work to make each event a success.
During the Celebration, we had the opportunity to give checks to CMTBCRC and ECP. We gave CMTBCRC $28,250 and raised $8281 for ECP!
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).
- Southwest Connection
- Still Life Gallery
- 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.”
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Are you still interested in donating to help the people and businesses of Ellicott City? You can make a donation online with Blossoms of Hope by clicking here or by mailing a check to: Blossoms of Hope, 4725 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite A-107, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
100% of the money raised from the Blossoms of Jobs event and any donations received during the next few months will be given to the people and businesses of Ellicott City by Blossoms of Hope.
Our 5th Anniversary Power of the Purse Event was a RECORD-BREAKER in every way! More than 500 guests attended, and we not only *beat* last year's fundraising total, we DOUBLED IT, bringing in over $36,000 to benefit Blossoms of Hope!
We had over 3000 purses donated, up from 1700 last year! Over 1600 sold, over 1200 were donated and a couple hundred will be available for sale at the 2017 Power of the Purse.
The silent auction items were a huge success. There were 100 packages auctioned off and 34 purses. All sold!
On top of the purses and auction items, there was food and drink to be enjoyed. Carrabba’s of Ellicott City had a delicious spread and even walked through the venue serving appetizers to the shoppers. Iron Bridge gave away glasses of 4 types of wines, all were a huge success! And Clever Container sponsored a fabulous cocktail.
Parking was a bit of a walk, but guests arrived in style because Extraordinar Limousines picked up and dropped off shoppers in a 26 seat limo!
Photographs were snapped by the very talented Pam Long of Pam Long Photography (some displayed on this blog!).
Did you see the beautiful flower arrangements?? DellaBloom did an amazing job of bringing even more sunshine and color to the fantastic venue.
Speaking of venue, how fun was it to walk through Fretz and view purses so beautifully displayed on such a wonderful backdrop?
We hope that you had as an amazing time as we did. We want to say thanks to our generous Sponsors, donors, attendees, and volunteers for playing a part in this momentous occasion. We couldn't have done it without you!