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Friday, May 13, 2016

American Grown Flowers Sponsors First Lady's Luncheon

Certified American Grown Proudly Sponsors First Lady's Luncheon 
The Certified American Grown program was a proud sponsor of the 2016 First Lady's Luncheon held May 12 in Washington, D.C. An annual tradition hosted by the Congressional Club since 1912 to honor the first lady of the United States, the luncheon is attended by over 1,500 people, including Congressional spouses, associates of members of Congress and cabinet members. 

The Certified American Grown program worked with the Congressional Club’s First Lady's Luncheon Committee to help ensure that 100 percent of the flowers used during this year’s event were American Grown. With beautiful stems of flowers and greens from California, Oregon, Washington, Florida and Virginia, over 200 centerpieces and arrangements were created to fill the Washington Hilton Ballroom. 

"This was a tremendous honor and opportunity for America’s flower farmers,” said Kasey Cronquist, administrator of the Certified American Grown program. “We commend the Congressional Club’s decision to seek and source blooms grown here in the United States for such a wonderful tradition of honoring our first lady.”

The bouquets featured beautiful American Grown roses, peonies, stock, tulips, lilies, protea, Bells of Ireland, alstromeria, bupleurum, dianthus, freesia, lisianthus, ranunculus, viburnum, waxflower, ferns, leatherleaf and curly willow. 

The centerpieces were designed by Andrea Gagnon of LynnVale Studios, a Certified American Grown farmer, floral designer and American Grown Council member. David Beahm Experiences of New York carried out Gagnon's vision and provided logistical support for this large and prestigious floral installation. 

Each year, the luncheon supports a nonprofit of the first lady's choice. Funds raised from this year's event will go to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, an advocacy, research, education and service unit that provides support for both professional and family caregivers. Centerpieces were purchased by attendees to help raise those funds.

For more on the American Grown Flowers program, go to americangrownflowers.org
Certified American Grown, P.O. Box 90225, Santa Barbara, CA  93190 
(916) 441-1701  americangrownflowers.org
Representing American Grown from left to right are Daevid Reed, Tim Dewey, 
Bill Frymoyer, Diana Roy, David Register, Lane DeVries, Kasey Cronquist, David Beahm and seated are Andrea Gagnon, Debra Prinzing and Rita Jo Shoultz
One of the elegant table centerpieces designed 
by the Certified American Grown design team.
The amazing design team (from left to right): Daevid Reed of David Beahm Experiences, Andrea Gagnon of Lynnvale Studios, Margaret Hoffland of 
Accent Decor and David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences.
California Cut Flower Commission | PO Box 90225 | Santa Barbara | CA | 93190-0225

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