United Way Fund Drive Halloween 2009

Costume Contest

Costume Contest

Thanks to the combined efforts of the crew at Grandiflora and its business partners, our United Way Fund Drive once again was a huge success. Despite the cutbacks needed in this tough economy, Grandiflora employees beat the record set last year by pledging $2,678 in weekly payroll deductions for 2010. Another $169 in cash was collected through one-time donations and as entry fees for games of skill (with prizes collected from the community).

1United way Party 10-09 092Employees paid $1 to participate in each of several competitions including a Halloween costume contest, longest golf drive (with a rubber ball), 3-point basketball shooting, football toss (through a suspended tire) and a three-legged race. We skipped the golf cart races this year. After all that hard exercise, the crew feasted on a delicious Italian meal catered by Napolitano’s Restaurant.

To wrap up the festivities, there was a raffle for wonderful gifts provided by Grandiflora’s business partners: Alarion Bank gave 2 tickets to a Gator Basketball game, Colonial Supplemental Insurances gave a $50 dinner at Carrabas’ Italian Grill, Weinkle Financial Services donated two $25 gift cards for Shell gasoline and two $25 gift cards for Publix, Brown & Brown Insurance kicked in a $25 gift card for Applebee’s and one for Publix, AvMed Healthplans gave us tee-shirts for everyone and a $25 gift card for Publix, SBI Nursery Software sent a set of remote-control flying helicopters, New Horizons’ Computer Learning Services pledged two classes of our choice, White Ford of Chiefland gave a Motorcraft Car Care Kit, and BWI Companies Nursery Supplies sent a cooler on wheels. For every pledge of 50 cents, each employee got one raffle ticket. The higher the pledge, the more chances to win.

Lunch from Napolitano's

Lunch from Napolitano's

Special thanks to co-workers Alex Gillespie, Heather Blake and Chris Pyne for putting together such a successful event with plenty of fun, food and camaraderie – and all for such a worthy cause.

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