Six local florists donated to the Hand Up Gala, and they really transform the event. We had some amazing collection of florists who contributed to this year's event. Berghaus Flowers went above and beyond donating a large number of the centerpieces for this event. They have helped us out for years on this event and we appreciate their assistance. A new participant this year was Segelin's Florists over on Carnegie in the new Doubletree Hotel in University Circle. They provided a number of wonderful arrangements with Asiatic lilies that a number of participants commented were striking. We also must thank Monica's Flowers in Garfield Hts. for helping again this year as well as Lyndhurst Florist.
One interesting story from the Hand Up Gala was Gaines Florist. They are over on Carnegie near the Lancer (previous victim of fire), and Gaines had a fire in the building recently. The water damage temporarily closed their business, but Mr. Mason came in to put together the arrangements and fulfill his commitment. He was great, and the arrangement he made was wonderful.
Thanks to Norman who called and followed up with all the florists and got them to donate. Thanks to all these local businesses for their help in the centerpieces. If you are making decisions on where to buy flowers locally, please think about these florists who supported social justice and homeless services in Cleveland, and thank them for their helping to make the Hand Up Gala special. We have been told that the fresh flowers that make this event unique.
Remember, that the Auction takes place on October 30, 2013. There is still time to make a donation to participate in the auction.
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