Wednesday, October 18, 2017, dawned bright and beautiful as only a fall day in New England can. The Tewksbury Country Club, decked out in fall finery, sparkled.
Power of Flower Volunteers and staff were there very early putting finishing touches on all the details that make for a memorable event.
Shortly before 11 AM Luncheon attendees began arriving. As they entered the lobby, they were greeted by an awesome sight… The lovely POF Garden Cart filled with over 300 colorful signature bouquets.
Soon the Andrea Room, site of the Silent Auction, was buzzing with bidders checking out all the available items. The tables were resplendent with auction items, balloons, colorful wrappings. It was a perfect day to catch up with friends, renew acquaintances, and get a jump on holiday shopping.
Across the lobby in the Grand Sequoia Ballroom people were OOHing and AHHing over the beautiful table settings, buying tickets, and “shopping” the raffle items around the perimeter of the room.
Scattered throughout the venue were large photos depicting the reason for the gala event… smiling people receiving POF bouquets… a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do
As luncheon was being served, Joyce B., POF Founder, thanked all who worked so hard putting the luncheon together, all the sponsors, and all the attendees for coming. She then presented a brief history of POF and what she saw as the organization’s future.
Next, Michelle Silveira, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, the Presenting Sponsor, spoke briefly. She said how proud JDCU was to be the presenting sponsor for the event and to support again POF’s major impact on the community.
After a delicious meal, Leslie K., the POF Executive Director, said a few words. She described her first six months at the organization’s helm and proudly announced that POF has passed the 70,000 bouquet milestone… 70,000 bouquets had been delivered since its inception bringing joy to as many recipients.
Sadly, all good things must end. Raffle winners were announced and stepped forward to receive their prizes. Successful silent auction bidders queued up to pick up their winnings. As each person left, he or she was handed one of the beautiful bouquets from the Garden Cart.
People spilled out into the bright sunshine many holding their winnings… everyone left with something, even if it was just a signature bouquet, a gratitude bag of chocolate goodies, and the memory of a lovely time helping an organization help others.
Once again, a heartfelt thanks to all who made this event possible…Volunteers, Board Members, Planning Committee, Sponsors, and all who attended.
We couldn’t do what we do without you!
With the sold-out Luncheon just a few days away, the Power of Flowers Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the largest POF fundraiser of the year.
Merry Elves have busily and beautifully wrapped and decorated the 45 raffle items, the 45 silent auction items, and the 50 bottles of wine for the wine pull. And what an array of items…
From American Girl dolls to electric weed eaters; from beautifully framed works of art to baskets of candy and goodies; and from a trip to the Big Apple to a trip in a rented Corvette to a candy box filled with money… sweet treats all! Just waiting for some successful bidder or lucky winner to take their prizes home.
Our new Garden Cart is powered up and ready to hold 300+ POF colorful signature bouquets, one for each attendee to take home. It will be a sight to behold.
While the Fundraising Committee has been planning and working, the folks at the Tewksbury County Club have been getting that gorgeous facility ready to host a scrumptious turkey dinner for 300 attendees, perfect for what will surely be a glorious fall day.
Before lunch, Joyce B., POF founder, and Michelle Silveira, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, the Presenting sponsor, will each say a few words. After lunch, Leslie K., POF Executive Director, has a short presentation planned, which will be followed by the results of the raffle and the winning bids for the auction items.
So come early to check out the things up for auction and the beautiful raffle baskets and items. Take chances on things in the raffle; bid early and bid often on auction articles! Enjoy a beverage while you mingle, make new friends, and renew acquaintances.
We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!
The last auction item that we will feature is a delightful decorative art vase in the shape of a handbag. It was made from clay and has an authentic rope handle. The piece is approximately 10 inches high and 12 inches wide. It is glazed with beige that has subtle glimmers of pale pink and blue when viewed closely.
This beautiful item was donated by the daughter-in-law of one of our board members. After years of working as a nurse, the artist returned to her love of potting. She says:
“I have done pottery off and on for 50 years but finally more seriously in the past 3 years. I have always loved working in clay and still have my very first item I made way back in 3rd grade–a piggy bank. ..I always wanted to spend more time making pottery but [my son] was too young and needed mom more than I needed clay. But he is older now and more independent so that frees up time for me! “
This is one of those auction items that needs to be seen in person to truly enjoy its beauty and craftsmanship. Please drop by the Silent Auction table to see it filled with gorgeous blooms!
See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!
Although tickets for the auction have sold out, you can add your name to the waiting list. Send your name, email address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will notify you if space becomes available.
Once again, Brightview at Concord River has graciously offered to host the
Trinkets to Treasures Fundraiser to Benefit the Power of Flowers and we need your help.
We’re looking for your baubles, bangles, and beads and miscellaneous accessories to sell at this much-loved, highly anticipated event. We need men’s, women’s, and kids’ jewelry; nice jewelry; novelty jewelry; funky jewelry; seasonal jewelry…
• necklaces (pendants, beads, chains)
• bracelets (charms, bangles)
• brooches and pins
• hair accessories (headbands, barrettes, clips)
• handbags (purses, wallets, change holders)
… You get the idea. All the proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Power of Flowers Project.
Trinkets to Treasures will be held on Thursday, November 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Brightview at Concord River, 199 Concord Rd, Billerica.
The deadline for donating items is October 30, 2017
You can bring your items to Janna at Brightview or you can bring them to the workshop, labeled Trinkets and Treasures, and we will see that Janna gets them in time.
For more information about the event or how to donate – please contact Janna at Brightview – (978) 262-1410 or see the latest version of our newsletter.
You can also help by attending this event and getting an early start on your holiday shopping. There’s plenty of free parking and refreshments will be served. Have fun and enjoy hunting treasures.
Tickets for the 3rd Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon are all gone!
But, wait, don’t despair. All is not lost. There’s a waiting list.
Send your name, email address, and phone number to email@example.com and we will notify you if space becomes available.
But wait, we are still happily accepting sponsorship and donations on the website or by check at the Power of Flowers Project, P.O. Box 294, Tewksbury, MA 01876. Cash is always gratefully accepted in the workshop.
Here’s hoping we see you on the 18th at the Tewksbury Country Club, 11 to 1:30!
The next featured auction item is a gorgeous 8″ x 12″ Yellow Flowers Print of an original alcohol ink painting. This beautiful piece is custom double-matted and framed to 16″ x 20″. The artist has chosen the frame and matte to complement the wonderful colors of the piece.
Painting with luminous, vibrant alcohol inks is one of the newest trends to hit the art community. Alcohol inks permanently change the color of a variety of non-porous surfaces, such as glossy paper, metal, acetate, ceramic tiles, and plastic. Mixing and manipulating various colors produce a lovely marble effect.
The artist who donated the print, which she has titled “Soft Bouquet,” is one of our very own Power of Flowers volunteers and the Executive Assistant of the project, Liz J. She says:
“I do a lot of abstract pieces but have been inspired by the blooms I see at the Power of Flowers and as a result have experimented with different types of flowers too. This was one of my first flowers and was created by manipulating the inks with compressed air and then hand painting the details.
I discovered alcohol inks in the last year and was instantly drawn to the vivid colors and the way the inks moves across non-porous surfaces. I am an artist at heart (graphic design, fine arts and photography in my past) and it feels wonderful to be creating again and even more amazing to know that my art is being enjoyed by others as well.”
See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!
Please join us on Thursday, November 2, 2017, to hunt for “Trinkets to Treasures” at Brightview at Concord River, 199 Concord Road, Billerica from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Once again, Brightview is generously sponsoring this fundraising event to benefit Power of Flowers.
Shop for new or gently used handbags, wallets, scarves, ties, jewelry, and other accessories at deeply discounted prices. (The items pictured here will be for sale plus many, many other wonderful treasures!)
Enjoy free refreshments and snacks while you shop.
100% of the proceeds will go to The Power of Flowers Project.
So X marks the spot on your treasure map (and your calendar) for an eXcellent way to start your holiday shopping!
Stay tuned for more details
In the weeks to come, we’ll be featuring an in-depth look at some Silent Auction items that will be available during the Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 18.
This week we’re featuring a glorious handmade quilt in the “Garden Rhapsody” design. This stunning quilt features Kaffe Fassett designer fabrics in a kaleidoscope of colors. It is washable cotton and measures 80″ X 90″ large enough to fit a Queen sized bed.
Although quilting may date back to ancient Egypt, quilting began in North America with the arrival of English and Dutch settlers. During the period from about 1750 to 1850, quilts were very utilitarian and made from existing textiles, such as clothing, bits of cloth, and blankets. In the mid 1800s, quilt patterns became less austere and became more of a folk art using sewing machines and finer fabrics.
The Garden Rhapsody Quilt was handmade and donated by a generous Power of Flowers volunteer. As a veteran quilter (quilting for 25 years), she has made many quilts for her family, friends, and favorite charities. She says:
“Quilt pattern is called “Color Wheel Quilt” designed by Patricia Knoechel. I named my version “Garden Rhapsody” because I used mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics….he uses very bright colors, very bold prints, very stylized flowers, very audacious designs–this pattern asked to be executed in his sensational fabrics…and I think it was done successfully. (His fabrics are unique and do not work with most ordinary quilt patterns.) It is a machine-pieced, machine-quilted queen size quilt. “
She’s made hundreds of quilts from miniatures to king-size, pieced to applique, and her focus is “always on how color/pattern/design come together.” She gives away a dozen or so “charity” quilts a year.
The quilt’s rich, colorful floral design is like looking through a wrought iron gate into a wonderful garden on a sunny afternoon. Perfect for any color scheme or décor. It’s another of our auction items that has to be seen to be truly appreciated. Drop by the Silent Auction table for a closer look.
See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!
Did you know that September is National Senior Center Month? It is and the 2017 Theme is “Senior Centers: Masters of Aging.”
According to the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC): “Aging masterfully is a core ideal of what many older adults wish to achieve at senior centers. Whether through fitness classes, social activities… or a vast variety of other programs, senior centers continue to be the experts in their communities on aging.”
What originally started in May 1979 as Senior Center Week, the NISC has now designated September as National Senior Center Month
11,400 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day.
Senior Centers help older members of the community stay healthy and independent by providing:
• Social and recreational activities
• Health, fitness, and wellness programs
• Educational and arts programs
• Meal and nutrition programs
• Volunteer opportunities
• Information and assistance
• Transportation services
• Public benefits counseling
• Employment assistance
In keeping with the Power of Flowers commitment to making a difference in the community one flower at a time, we frequently deliver bouquets to Senior Centers throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond.
We have done several Flower Therapy Workshops at local senior centers. To provide a “hands on” experience of making a fresh flower bouquet, POF volunteers bring all the necessary flowers and supplies and provide instruction and assistance as needed for each participant.
We at Power of Flowers have a close connection to the Tewksbury Senior Center. For example, they graciously let us hold our May, 2017 Plant Sale on the Tewksbury Senior Center grounds.
To reciprocate their generosity, POF volunteers donated and planted the flowers left over from the sale around the Tewksbury Senior Center site.
In order to continue to do this work, the Power of Flowers Project relies on donations, grant money and proceeds from fundraisers, such as the Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon coming on October 18, 2017.
Please consider helping the Power of Flowers Project so that we can spread the joy even farther!