Monday, May 23, 2016

Volunteer Brunch 11 May - Aleethia Dinner Event

     The vounteer brunch was so much fun and we shared a delicious breakfast prepared by 
      Amphora of Chantilly Catering.  We had time to sit and enjoy each other.  After 7 years 
      it was time to say thank you for supporting Freedom Petals initiatives.  I have met so many
      wonderful people through this flower journey and all of you have helped to grow and enable 
      Freedom Petals bouquets to continue to bring joy and healing to our wounded warrior heroes.
Thanks for coming to our events and sharing your talents and the gift of your time.

Cake and flower cookies by Becky

These pictures are a few of the arranagments we made after the brunch!

Monday, May 2, 2016


Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to remind everyone that our first Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at 9am on Friday, 13 May.  We still have room and lots of food if anyone has a change in plans for that morning.  I can't wait to just sit down together to eat and enjoy the morning; reflecting on our successful journey bringing flowers to many wounded warriors over the last seven years.  Please let me know if you want to be added to our list of attendees.  

After the brunch we will be making flowers arrangements for the Aleethia Friday Night Wounded Warrior Dinner.

I'm excited to tell you that Joan H. and I visited The Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, VA last Tuesday.   We received a private tour of the 37 Acre retreat for wounded warriors and their families.  I encourage everyone to please visit this amazing venue started to help our hero's heal and enjoy a family vacation as well.  (check out the website)
As a result of our visit we have signed up to support Boulder Crest's annual fundraising event "A Hoedown" with 20 table arrangements and several flower baskets to raffle.
So our June event will be on Saturday, 4 June at 9am.  We will deliver the flowers that same day to the Retreat.
Please reply if you can support this event.  I will be sending another notice at the end of May and more details about the Hoedown to come.

​Looking forward to seeing you on 13 May.
​God Bless,​
Michele Bevington

Pam and Barb
Malone House on Walter Reed Army Hospital 
 on Georgia Avenue 2011
Early Delivery of 120 Flower Arrangements
Aleethia Dinner at the Elks Club Arlington
11 March 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

11 March 2016 Aleethia Dinner at the Fairfax Elks Club

Beautiful St. Patrick's Day flowers for the Aleethia Friday Night Warrior Dinner
The Friday Freedom Petals Team Made the Picture

All the flowers were donated from Trader Joes.  Beautiful potted azealias and hyacinths too.  Birthday baskets and cakes for the Birthday Girls.  Everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving menu in March...Turkey and Dressing.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Post Valentine's Flower Event - 19 February 2016

The Friday, 19 February flower event was a huge success thanks to all the volunteers that came to create beautiful arrangements for the Aleethia Foundation Friday Night dinner at the WGCC in Arlington.  Trader Joe's was so wonderful calling me all week with their extra valentine Roses, forced tulip vases and cut Tulip donations.  We had so many beautiful roses from the Valentine weekend.  Because of all the flowers that were donated by Traders I had a last minute idea...on Thursday, 18 February I called Marcelo at Fisher House on Walter Reed Base to see if I could drop off large vases of roses and buckets of colorful tulips for the Fisher House residents on Friday.  So crazy right!!! On the same day as of the event and the dinner.  I just didn't want to throw so many flowers away.  He said great and was sending in my name for a day pass.  
But when I saw Marilyn (super volunteer) at the door to help that morning...another crazy idea was to have her come with me and use her military ID to get on base.  Yes, she said, "YES"!  She had no plans that day.  So we left at noon for Walter Reed when all the work was done at my house. The Fisher House staff met us at the door and were so excited.

I got home just in time to sit and put my feet up.. Next packing the truck again with the Aleethia Dinner arrangements.  WHEW!  The tables at the club were shining and you could feel the smiles in the room from our beautiful bouquets.

This weekend I received this email and picture collage below from Margaret (The Aleethia Foundation Queen Bee).   You never really know what the impact the Freedom Petals flowers make until you get a note like this below.  
God Bless, Michele
Hi Michele
Spoke with the Elks Lodge organizer and they are delighted Freedom Petals will be provided St. Patrick theme florals! Their tables will have white tablecloths and napkins.

Again, thanks to Freedom Petals for the beautiful "Valentine" flower arrangements.  The tables looked absolutely amazing.   The glass vases with the tulip bulbs were very unique and so many folks told me how excited they are to watch their tulips bloom...All the "birthday boys" enjoyed their special arrangements.  Our sponsor was delighted to see "yellow roses" in her arrangement.  Seems her husband (1950 West Point grad-Korean & Vietnam Veteran) who died ten years ago on this past Thursday, would always give her "yellow roses!"  The wife who got the orchid plant told me that she collects and raises orchids and was so excited to receive the plant.  Her face was beaming!  During the last year, she has been fighting the court system in NC  in dealing with her husband's case.  There were so many stories ... and the flowers brought everyone a moment of joy.

I read this quote the other day - " are the sunshine, food and medicine for the soul..."  Thanks to all the wonderful Freedom Petal volunteers and donors of the flowers for bringing happiness to the wounded/injured/ill service members, their caregivers and family members who attend Aleethia's "Friday Night Dinners."
Hugs to all!
Aleethia Foundation

Aleethia Dinner WGCC Arrangements

Febaruary 19, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 8 2016 Alleethia Dinner Event

      The Freedom Petals volunteers truly out did themselves creating beautiful mugs and flower arrangements for the 8 January Aleethia Dinner.  The holiday and floral mugs were so festive sitting that on the small tables at the Tesoro Restaurant in Washington D.C.  Every family or wounded warrior got to take home an arrangement and the joy filled the room.  This was the first dinner of the new year 2016.  There was a positive energy in the room of families looking forward to healing  and looking forward to going home.  There was a lot of laughter and sharing of stories.  The flowers always bring so many smiles and happiness to the dinners.  Below is an email I received today expressing gratitude for what Freedom Petals brings to our wounded warriors through our beautiful flowers.  This says it all!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the beautiful flowers I got at one of the Friday night dinners.  The cutest part of it is my 21 year old son ( wounded warrior ) handing me these beautiful flowers as he picked them out from a table.  Your designs and thought process behind each and every floral arrangement ( well it is a labor of love and so appreciated ).   Thank you from one appreciative Army Mom.  Love with great gratitude Donna 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Aleethia Dinner 23 October Flower Event a Huge Success

Thanks to all the Friday Flower Team for creating such beautiful fall blooms for the Aleethia Dinner sponsored by the Washington/Arlington Golf Club for our wounded warriors and their families.

The note and picture below tell it all.......

Hi Michele,
Thanks again for filling the WGCC dining room with beautiful flowers for Aleethia's "Friday Night Dinner" on October 23, 2015.  The Autumn/Halloween theme made for a festive evening.  Also, thanks to you and Barb for your assistance with the door prize giveaway.   I always enjoy the end of the evening when the florals are distributed and you see a room glowing with smiles and excitement.   No matter what your are feeling at the time .... flowers bring a moment of comfort, happiness and more.  "Freedom Petals' is part of the healing/recovery process!
Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs to all!
Aleethia Foundation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

21/22 August Freedom Petals Flower Event

The August Freedom Petals event was a huge success....  On Friday, 21 August the volunteers got ready for a first time ever Barbecue.  All the bouquets were in mason jars.  We created 10 mason jars, several baskets and a birthday arrangement.  We had so many beautiful flowers donated from Anne Harvey, Herndon Florist and a few days of collecting from Trader Joe's Reston.  Thanks to our supporting partners we had a successful Aleethia Friday night dinner at the Fairfax/Arlington Elks Club.
Friday Night Dinner
What a beautiful night and here we are at a BBQ . 
We were so blessed to find ourselves at the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge #2188 for a BBQ and the weather cooperated so well.  It was not humid and it was cool, WOW!.  Someone was watching out for us.
They were set up for inside and outside eating, had checkered tablecloths on all the tables and a great amount of food (covered dishes) on the tables.  The food was so good.
When we got there, they were just setting up and we pitched in to help them.  When we were finished with the tablecloths there was definitely something missing and that was satisfied with the addition of our flowers. 
The flowers were fresh flowers that had a farm look, in mason jars with bows and lots of colors.  Our volunteers outdid them selves in making our addition to the BBQ perfect.  Thank you all for your help.
Finally, every Wounded Warrior left with flowers, a full stomach and happy memories.  

Barbara A. Kutner
[email protected]

The Saturday volunteers created all the flowers for the Walter Reed visit and the Fisher House delivery.  Monday the hospital was so appreciative and once again we saw lots of smiles from the Fisher House staff.  Our flowers bring lots of hope and healing to our wounded warriors and their families.
Thanks again for your time, prayers, and gifts.
God Bless,  Michele