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.



4 November Aleethia Dinner Event

Dear Michele,
Thanks to you and all the wonderful volunteers of Freedom Petals who designed such beautiful floral arrangements for Aleethia’s Friday Night Dinner held on November 4, 2016 at the Washington Golf & Country Club.  It made the dining room more welcoming and created a sharing atmosphere.   It’s been said that the essence of flowers contain magical healing powers and that was quite evident by all the excited smiles.  Besides all the service members and caregivers leaving the dinner with a container of flowers, several bouquets were delivered to families at the Fisher Houses on base.  We learned that one of the Fisher Houses was hosting a “pancake breakfast” for Veterans on Saturday and were thrilled to receive some of the centerpieces.  The “floral ballpoint pens” were delivered to the staff on the oncology wards at WRNMMC.   
Also, we greatly appreciate your generosity in donating the gift cards that will be included in the upcoming holiday gift bags for the wounded/injured/ill service members and caregivers.
Again, thank you for touching everyone in such a joyful and unique way.   We wish you, your volunteers and their families a very Blessed Thanksgiving!
Hugs,
Margaret
Aleethia Foundation


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Aleethia Dinner - at the Rock Creek Knights of Columbus Hall

The Freedom Petals flower event to support the Friday Night Aleethia Dinner 16 September sponsored by the Ledo Club was a huge success.  

The flower collection during the week was not so successful because fall brings lots of potted plants instead of bouquets.
So as usual when I request our creative volunteers to bring some flowers they always come through.  Also, Barbara Levermann from the Western Fairfax Women's Club and the Chantilly Garden Club brought 4 coolers full of flowers and beautiful greens from their gardens to supplement our event.  I can't thank her enough and her crew for these perfect donations.  My special partner for the last seven years Anne Harvey from the Herndon Florist donated a huge multi-colored box of Alstroemeria.  She is always our angel.

Ten volunteers came to work and create over 40 arrangements for the dinner tables and for everyone to bring back a special flower to Walter Reed.  We had two new Freedom Petal volunteers (Betty and Jane) that helped to make the flags and silk flower pens for the Walter Reed Nurses.

Thanks to all for your time and passion you give each month!




Dear Michele,

What a night!  With 20 "playful" children in attendance, we definitely needed the flowers to make the environment of the room more relaxed and happy while providing increased levels of positive energy!  Everyone left with smiles.   Also, some of the extras bouquets brought smiles to patients staying at the Fisher Houses.  The floral pens headed to Building 10 (WRNMMC) and were given to nurses on several wards.

Again, thanks for all the beautiful floral arrangements ... they certainly generated happiness.   Attached is a collage of some of the arrangements.  We pasted a collage of the Friday Night Dinner on Aleethia's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AleethiaFoundation/

Looking forward to seeing you in November!

Hugs,

Margaret

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aleethia Dinner - Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge August 12th



The Friday, August 12th Flower Event was a huge success, the 10 volunteers from the Friday team worked tirelessly to create beautiful table arrangements for the Warrior Dinner at the Elks Lodge 2188.  The room was immediately transformed with our flowers welcoming over 80 attendees from our warrior families.  The pot luck dinner was delicious with grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and fried chicken.  The Elks members are so organized and so kind to host these dinners.  Freedom petals provided the flowers and also contributed 90 cupcakes (thanks to Mary Beth, Donna, Barbara)  for this event.  We celebrated a wounded warrior member birthday and a 9 year wedding anniversary as well.  And of course we provided special flowers to both.
I have attached a special thank-you note from our Aleethia POC Margaret.  
Thanks so much to the Freedom Petals Family,
God Bless, Michele

Michele,

Thanks so very much to you and your band of volunteers who designed such beautiful floral arrangements for Aleethia's Friday Night Dinner being held at the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge.  You can't help but feel such positive energy and emotions of happiness as the wounded/injured/ill service members and their families entered the room.  I believe the flowers created a room filled with sharing, laughter and healing.

Again, Freedom Petals outdid themselves.  We are so appreciative of Freedom Petals' partnership with Aleethia's programs.  We look forward to the next time you can fill the dining room with happiness!

Also, thanks for the help with the birthday cake, anniversary flowers and more.  Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Hugs,

Margaret
 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Boulder Crest Retreat Hoedown - June 4, 2016


Our June flower event was a huge success.  We started at 8:30 am so we would be finished before noon.  This was the first time Freedom Petals supported The Boulder Crest Retreat for wounded warriors in Bluemont,  VA.  Thanks so much to the volunteers who created 20 beautiful table arrangements, 6 extra vases and 3 large baskets. The mason  jar flowers were all donated by Anne Harvey from The Herndon Florist in downtown Herndon.

 The Hoedown was a  fundraising event serving lots of barbecue, hotdogs and a country band.  They had 200 guests.  Keith and I delivered the flowers at 2pm.  
  The flowers were the icing on the cake and everyone was delighted with our special touches for this event. Thanks again for a successful event.



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

FIRST VOLUNTEER BRUNCH/MAY 13TH & 4 JUNE BOULDER CREST RETREAT HOEDOWN FLOWER EVENT

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.     bouldercrestretreat.org  (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