Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association Raises $3,675 for Nashville CARES

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nashville, TN – On November 10, the Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association (CTPFA) presented Nashville CARES with a contribution of $3,675 that will be used for direct assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee.


The CTPFA raised the funds at a silent auction during their annual convention, held in August at Embassy Suites in conjunction with the Tennessee State Florists’ Association (TSFA). The gift is notable for its generosity and because it represents a commitment to fighting HIV and AIDS that the florists have sustained for several years.


That commitment began in 1995 when the statewide association wished to honor members who had died of AIDS and to help others affected by it. The regional association soon joined in, and through their combined efforts the CTPFA and TSFA have contributed more than $60,000 to Nashville CARES over the years.


The florists donated a gorgeous array of auction prizes, including tickets to cultural events, coffee-table books, celebrity memorabilia and more for the silent auction. Members bid generously, and it is clear that they are a caring community of professionals. In the coming year, Nashville CARES will use the funds raised by the CTPFA to provide direct assistance to meet housing and other emergency needs faced by HIV-positive individuals and their families.


About Nashville CARES: 

Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 45,000 youth and adults, 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and support services to 2,500 men, women and children living with the disease. For information about Nashville CARES, visit and “like” us on Facebook at