Archive For The “Mayesh Gives Back” Category
In the spirit of the holiday season and in the spirit of Mayesh, several branches adopted a family or hosted a toy drive to spread holiday love. It makes me so happy to be a part of a company that focuses heavily on giving back. Hearing the stories of these families told by our Mayesh team members was not only moving but also emotionally overwhelming. Here are a few highlights of the Mayesh team spreading holiday cheer. #mayeshgivesback
Happy Holidays from all of us at Mayesh!
This was the 5th annual Art in Full Bloom and I have to say, it was the best one yet! Early on in the planning stages we settled on the theme of “Disco Celebration of Color” and as a super fan of disco, I was elated! With the help of Jim McCoy we were able to create an evening of full of dancing, socializing, networking, art and live entertainment! It was kind of like Mayesh’s version of Studio 54 and what better place than Vegas, baby!
This year we partnered with The Center, a community-based organization that helps furthering the human rights and overall well being of the LGBTQ community in South Las Vegas. This partnership was a perfect fit! Not only do we fully support their cause but the staff and crew were so amazing and easy to work with – everything came together seamlessly! Together we really pulled off a spectacular event.
Of course it would not be an Art in Full Bloom event without our favorite ladies Norma and Doris! They never seem to disappoint and bring so much life to the party. As usual their performance was crowd pleaser and their all night mingling makes for some fun and interesting conversation. They weren’t the only ones with a stellar performance, though. We also had a Diana Ross impersonator that was off the charts! The DJ was spinning disco classics all night long and everyone was shakin’ their groove thing! Our Floral Fantasy winner also designed an amazing art installation “Disco Cell” which provided the backdrop to many selfies and tons of photo ops!
I can’t say enough about this event! We manage to top ourselves every year and this year was no exception! If you were able to make it this year, then you understand how it would be impossible to capture the magic of the night through a blog post! If you weren’t able to make it out this year, there’s always next year!
For more photos of this year’s Art in Full Bloom: http://ow.ly/lkr7306YZC6
Thank you to everyone who made it such a special night!
For more information on the center visit: http://www.thecenterlv.org/
This holiday season, Mayesh branches are adopting families or hosting toy drives to help out their local communities. ‘Tis the season for giving, so if you’re interested in donating, contact your local branch for more information!
You may remember a little while back, we highlighted some amazing organizations around the country that repurpose flowers to give back to their community in our SAF Petal it Forward blog.
One of those organizations was The Bloom Project in Bend, OR, founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman. Mayesh Portland is a proud contributor to this project by donating product at the end of each week for them to turn into beautiful bouquets for hospice and palliative care patients. This week they were featured on KGW, a local news station in Portland, OR. Check out the video below to find out more about this inspiring organization.
I’m excited to introduce my little sister, Desiree, as today’s guest blogger! Des followed in my footsteps by attending the University of Oregon, and is now in her senior year there. Our dad, Pat Dahlson, asked her participate in SAF’s Petal it Forward this year with Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, a local flower shop in Eugene, OR, so that she did! Here’s what she had to say:
Guest blogger Desiree Dahlson
When I was asked to help with Petal It Forward for the local flower shop where I go to college in Eugene, Ore. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Accompanied by two of my fellow sisters of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, we made our way to the flower shop the day before the event to prep the flowers. We prepped bucketfuls of single wrapped roses, attaching to each a small blurb explaining what Petal It Forward is all about.
Learning about the flower industry and how the event would run from Shirley, of Dandelion’s Flowers & Gifts, made us all excited about what we were contributing to. My favorite part, though, was the actual Petal It Forward event the following day. I met up with the Dandelion’s ladies right next to the University of Oregon campus Wednesday morning, ready to pass out roses, one for each person to keep for themselves, and another to pass on to someone else.
Participating in the actual passing out of flowers was even more exciting than I expected. At first people were hesitant to take the flowers, assuming there had to be some kind of catch to receiving free flowers. Once they understood the “pay it forward” aspect of the event, people were immediately on board. The smiles that spread across people’s faces because of the free flowers made the positive power of flowers so obvious. The coolest part of being involved in Petal It Forward was seeing how that passing out simple roses made an average Wednesday morning just a little bit brighter.
Shirley Lyons, Owner of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts
Our adorable 1yr old helper, Fiona, and her mom Toviana, Shirley’s daughter & granddaughter
Not only was it a great experience handing out roses, but the local news even came out to interview Shirley and learn about Petal it Forward . We were all on the news that night, and it was so encouraging to see that the community really supports the message that Petal it Forward sends. Though only in its second year, I’m confident Petal It Forward will gain even more attention and continue to spread smiles, one flower at a time.
If you weren’t already aware, SAF is gearing up for their second annual Petal it Forward event in New York City! This year it will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and SAF invites you to bring this idea to your community. The basic idea stems from studies that show how flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. They’ve taken that research and turned it into this fabulous idea, basically “paying it forward” with flowers!
On October 19th, SAF’s marketing team will “hit the streets of New York and randomly present two flower bouquets each to people through the city. Recipients are asked to ‘Petal it Forward’ by giving one of their bouquets to someone special in their life, or even a stranger who could use a smile.”
Well, here at Mayesh we absolutely LOVE the idea of giving back to the community and using flowers for good. Why NOT take advantage of them?! We were inspired to dig a little further, and find out what other ways florists and companies are using flowers to give back. Here’s what we came up with:
The Bloom Project
Founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman in Bend, Ore., The Bloom Project is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients. The Bloom Project expanded to Portland in 2013, and receives each of its flowers from donations provided by wholesale floral companies, growers and local grocery stores. The flowers are repurposed by volunteers into beautiful bouquets ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients. Volunteers come from all different backgrounds; many are retired or have little to no floral experience. Members of the team with floral design experience host training sessions, teaching new volunteers how to: care for the flowers, identify which flowers to keep and how to create a bouquet. Berkman and her team of volunteers are committed to sustainable business practices. Not only are they eco-friendly in their efforts to repurpose flowers from their partners, but also by composting floral waste.
Since 2009, The Bloom Project has delivered over 153,000 bouquets with over 62,000 volunteer hours donated in the communities we serve!
Random Acts of Flowers
Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and overall well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness. Founded by Larsen Jay in 2008 after he experienced the challenges of a prolonged recovery from a near-fatal accident, the not-for-profit agency now operates branches in Knoxville, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Indianapolis. Run largely by a dedicated corps of volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers has served more than 150,000 people nationwide who are struggling with injury, illness or the aging process.
Ashlee Robertson: “Most of my brides choose to donate their blooms. This practice started seven years ago actually. I was driving home from work one night and thinking about how I really wanted to do something to give back to our community. I had a newborn and was working a million hours but new that I was just beyond blessed to be doing what I loved. I said a little prayer to be sent something great that I could do to give back and I would do it. The very next morning my phone rang and it was a woman with hospice care. I couldn’t believe it. They had a group called “Friends with Flowers” and she was requesting our old flowers to be used to cheer the patients up. I said “I can do better than that.” Since then, they have been coming to my shop every Wednesday and arranging flowers provided by one of our local wholesaler and our shop to deliver to patients. It has been an amazing partnership.
As our wedding business grew, I started to notice how many times we’d arrive back at a venue to retrieve our glassware and all of the flowers remained. It was unbelievable. So, we started offering a service to pick up the flowers as well as our glass and donate them in the community. We take them to children’s floors at the hospitals, the cancer center, and several assisted living facilities currently. Each week we kind of think of new places they should go. We love how it makes our brides feel to give back in such a big way and we love how it makes the recipients feel as well.”
We stumbled upon this and HAD to share, such a unique and different way to repurpose flowers! Brooklyn-based artist Cara Piazza uses waste she collects from florists, restaurants and organic providers to naturally dye clothing and accessories. Check out the article HuffPost did here!
And a few more companies to check out…
Have any of you heard of any other companies finding unique ways to repurpose flowers for good? Or better yet, are YOU? Share with us below, and remember to check out SAF’s Petal it Forward on October 19th!
Yesterday, we spoke with Lisa Waud of Pot & Box, and Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers about all of the greatness that is Detroit Flower Week or DFW.
You may recall hearing about an amazing project last year, The Flower House, which brought together over 3 dozen florists, 100 volunteers, 36,000 stems of American grown flowers & plants that were artfully designed in 17 rooms of an abandoned house in Detroit. Truly an awe inspiring moment in our flower history thanks to its creator, Lisa! Fast forward a year later to today, and Lisa is ready to leave her mark on history once again with help from some trail blazing flower friends like Debra. Debra is a champion of American grown flowers helping to promote awareness and consumption of the blooms grown in the U.S. Such a dynamic duo that we were lucky to have time to chat with!
Enjoy and share with your flower friends.
Mayesh Las Vegas is proud to announce its 5th annual Art in Full Bloom event. This year the art, floral & fashion event will be held on November 11th from 4 – 9pm and will benefit THE CENTER Las Vegas – The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.
We are looking for artists and florists local to the area that would like to participate in the art & design contest. Participants can display their art, design a floral piece or do both! If you are a florist and need an artist or vice versa, don’t worry as we can match you up! Deadline for artist & florist registration will be Friday, October 21, 2016.
• Artists & florists registration deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.
• Local artist will place a piece for display in our studio.
• Floral designers will be assigned a specific work of art to create complimentary floral pieces.
• Designers will have access to their assigned art before the actual event and have from 7am – 1pm on November 11, 2016 to install their piece for the show.
• Any and all flowers used for the contest design must be purchased at Mayesh Las Vegas.
• Florists will be given a flower credit to help defray costs.
• Vases and hard goods are the responsibility of the floral designer.
• Floral design must be freestanding and self-supporting.
• Tables and stands will be provided for display.
• Florals may not be attached to the art piece.
• Awards for Best Floral Presentation and other categories.
• Due to space considerations, some size restrictions will be necessary. Any objects measuring larger than 4’x6’ must have approval due to limited space.
ART & FLORAL DESIGN EVENT TO BENEFIT THE CENTER – LAS VEGAS
NOVEMBER 11, 2016 4PM – 9PM
MAYESH LAS VEGAS
3950 WEST DIABLO #B11, LAS VEGAS, NV 89118
ART * FLORAL * FASHION * DISCO
This year’s theme – ART IN FULL BLOOM “A Disco Celebration of Colors” will be dedicated to The Center – the LGBT community and their talents within the art and floral industries. Artists and designers will be asked to focus on the uses of vivid colors in their art and floral designs. Attendees will be encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and revelry.
The Center – A Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents of Southern Nevada.
Attendees are asked to make a donation to selected charity upon entrance, buy art, raffles and bid at the silent auct
Art in Full Bloom is a FREE event started as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist and has grown into an eclectic mix of flora, art and fun! Local artists are asked to exhibit with opportunities to sell their art. In addition, local floral designers are asked to create a floral design to accent/complement the art piece. There will also be featured Floral Fantasy designs, a student competition, raffles, silent auction and fabulous noshes & libations.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. If you are a local artist or florist and are interested in participating in this year’s event, get more information here.
Guest Blogger: Krista Hamas, AZMF - Mayesh Phoenix Sales
For the second year in a row, Mayesh Phoenix was lucky enough to participate in Teleflora’s national movement called “Make Someone Smile Week." This year we chose to “Back the Blue." A crew of our employees, their children, and our amazing customers came together to design and hand deliver what ended up being 630 arrangements to the men and women on the Phoenix Police Department. In total, we were able to visit six different precincts throughout the greater Phoenix area.
What was most touching to us was that we were there to thank THEM for all that they do to keep our community safe, yet WE were the one’s receiving the genuine hugs, handshakes and thank you’s from these heroes. What an amazing experience for all of us! In a time when there is so much hate and negativity in this world, to be able to spread a little happiness and truly make people smile was a gift to all of us. We challenge you to get out there and do something for someone just to be kind. The reward that you will receive is so much better than anything money can buy.