Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Another Great Year 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on another great year and incredible journey bringing joy to our warrior heroes with flowers.  This
           was only made possible because of you, the Freedom Petals volunteers.
Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you for your time, friendship, and creativity. 

The end of 2017 was a  huge success, October was our last flower event.  Happy Halloween flowers were shared at the Aleethia dinner.  Lots of spiders, pumpkins and scarecrows.  November was a very successful speaking engagement at the Annapolis Naval Academy garden club.  Marilyn and I helped the members make special bedside mugs filled with fall flowers for a local veteran home. 

This past fall I began my next chapter in life, watching my new beautiful funny granddaughter, Miss Avery.  She is such a joy.  With that said I will need lots more support from all of you to keep this mission going for another year.

Our next flower event will be Friday, January 19th, creating flower arrangements for an Aleethia Foundation warrior dinner.  I will pick up flowers at Trader Joes Monday morning 15 January and Friday, 19 January.  But I need help picking up the flowers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (16 through 18 January).  They need to be brought back to my garage, put in buckets and then put in the florist cooler.  I know a few of you know this drill..... as you may have picked them up before.  
​Have a blessed holiday and safe travels! ​
God Bless, Michele
Michele Bevington🎄󾓦

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Boulder Crest Retreat 4th Annual Hoedown fundraiser 3 June 2017

We supported the Hoedown for Boulder Crest Retreat on June 3, 2017.   Freedom Petals created beautiful flower arrangements for each dinning  table and end tables throughout the main building. Our volunteers also made arrangements for each cabin. 

Our arrangements for the tables were in cowboy boots vases with western/field flowers that sat in the middle of each table.  Everyone was so excited and pleased with the motif and said that they were so appropriate for the occasion.

Freedom Petals also made a beautiful and huge arrangement for the Silent Auction.  As people walked by the arrangement we heard many compliments and "I want that" from people signing up for the auction that we were very excited that it was bringing in another donation.

I just want to mention that the weather was beautiful and the grounds were well decorated for the event by many volunteers.
It was a great event.

Finally, the event brought in $135,000 for Boulder Crest Retreat and we all had a great time. 

Barbara A. Kutner
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mothers Day Event 12 May Aleethia Thank You

Happy Mother's Day Michele,
Thank you and all the wonderful volunteers of Freedom Petals who designed and provided beautiful corsages and floral arrangements to help celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Mother's Day Weekend at Aleethia's May 12 "Friday Night Dinners."  The ladies throughout the room were excited to receive the corsages and some of the men asked me for a corsage to take back to their nurses (since it was the last day of "Nurses Week") or for their Moms.   I'm attaching a photo of scenes of "smiling faces!"  Also, the four hydrangea plants found four different homes.  One is making its way to a service member's family in Fort Eustis in Virgnia Beach.
Again, thank you for helping us to honor Moms, Spouses, Nurses, a newly married couple and a "newly" engaged couple with an array of flowers.  It was quite an exciting evening for all!
Enjoy your day!
Aleethia Foundation

Mother's Day Event

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April Wounded Warrior Wedding at Walter Reed

Freedom Petals Inc. and The Herndon Florist provided beautiful flowers for a special couple at Walter Reed this month.  We were so excited to help Rick and Lynn with their wedding flowers.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

February/March Events - Speaking Engagements and Warrior Dinner

  Whew!  This has been a very busy 2017 already.  We had two successful speaking projects; one with the Laurel Garden Club in Springfield, VA February 28th and one at Fort Myers Army Officer  Spouses Club of Greater Washington Area (AOSCGWA).   We have three volunteers from the Laurel Club; Carrie, Judy and Joyce.  Thanks for all your support.

Our St. Patty's day flower event for the Wounded Warrior Aleethia Dinner  at the Fairfax/Arlington Elks club was wonderful.  Thanks to everyone who baked delicious "Green" cupcakes for this occasion.  They were deeply appreciated by all.  We had several new happy volunteers who came to learn and try their hands at creating flowers for this event.  They had attended our speaking engagements and came to help at this event.


Once again our thank you notes from Margaret say it all.  And she includes a collage of our flowers from the dinners.  We love the families and warriors that Margaret and Hal support every Friday night at the dinners.  We have met some of the most interesting veterans.

Dearest Michele,

Thank you and your band of "Freedom Petals" volunteers for all the beautiful floral arrangements that brighten up the room and filled the room with smiles.   Over 60 wounded/injured/ill service members, their families and guests enjoyed the "St Paddy's Day" theme flower arrangements at Aleethia's Friday Night Dinner held on March 17th at the Fairfax Elks Lodge.  Flowers bring a moment to forget about our troubles.  Many attending the dinner are going through cancer treatments and the flowers certainly lifted their spirits.  The extra bouquets were taken back to the Fisher Houses to bring joy to those unable to attend the dinner.

Also, we thank the volunteers who provided the "dozens" of amazing "green" cupcakes We took a few back to Fisher House 5 that has many children residing in this house.  We heard they were eaten within minutes of the delivery and left many "green" smiling faces!!!

We always enjoy when Freedom Petals makes everyone have that warm and fuzzy feeling when being in a room filled with flowers!

Hugs and Blessings to all!

Aleethia Foundation

In April Freedom Petals with the help of Anne Harvey from the Herndon Florist will be providing flowers to a veteran that we met at the March Aleethia dinner.  He is getting married in April at Walter Reed's Chapel.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 3rd Aleethia Dinner and Boulder Crest Couples Dinner Flowers

The Friday, February 3rd 2017 flower event was a  huge success.  We had new volunteers and of course our Friday team working very hard to make the early Valentine themed flowers so beautiful.
Thank you to all who share their talents at my house every month creating bouquets for our heroes.

Here is the note from Margaret of Aleethia and a collage of our dinner table arrangements.

Hi Michele,

Thanks to you and the Freedom Petals' volunteers for spreading joy with flowers!  The floral arrangements always add beauty to the tables and fill the room with positive energy and smiling faces. I'm attaching a collage of "smiling faces!"  Cheryl was so happy to take back the extra bouquets to the Fisher Houses and she was planning to put bouquets in the patients/families' rooms to brighten their day and make them feel special.  I heard the cupcakes were gone within the hour of their delivery.

As you know flowers serve a dual function ... the joy of both giving and receiving!

We look forward to Freedom Petals bringing more smiles to Aleethia's Friday Night Dinner in March.


Aleethia Foundation

The first week in February I also received a call from Carrie our contact at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont Va. asking for some table flower arrangements for a couples dinner they were planning for 
Saturday 11 February.  The large farm tables are in each of the log cabins on the property.  Theresa and I got together one afternoon and created them for this event.  Thank you so much for your time and talents.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Daughters of the American Revolution Speaking Engagement - 12 November 2016

On Wednesday, November 12th, Freedom Petals had the opportunity to speak at the Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon chapter meeting.  It was in conjunction with the chapter’s community service event to provide outreach and support to veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism. DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities; including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients.  We are proud to have been able to work with them to provide wonderful floral arrangements for our veterans.
During the event, Freedom Petals’ Michele Bevington and Marilyn Myers, visited the DAR’s 1776 Chapter to share our experience in flower arranging.  Following the demonstration the twenty DAR volunteers, using FP donated flowers and mugs, made over forty beautiful flower arrangements to be delivered to the Armed Forces Retirement Home here in Washington DC.

It was truly a pleasure to have such a successful speaking engagement to share the mission of Freedom Petals Inc. and support their flower arranging event.   It was so fulfilling because of the exceptional interaction with the DAR members and our ability to support our retired veterans at the same time.