Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association Raises $4,500 for Nashville CARES
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
On November 11, the Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association (CTPFA) presented Nashville CARES with a contribution of $4,500 that will be used for direct assistance for people living with HIV or 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 thirteen 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 Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association and the Tennessee State Florists’ Association have contributed well over $55,000 to Nashville CARES over the years.
The florists donated – and persuaded others to give – a gorgeous array of auction prizes, including tickets to cultural events, coffee-table books, celebrity memorabilia and more.
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 Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association to provide direct assistance to meet housing and other emergency needs faced by HIV-positive individuals and their families.
Member florists of the CTPFA also respond regularly to requests from Nashville CARES to send flowers to clients, and in addition contribute during the year to the CARES food pantry by collecting canned goods.