Charleston’s award-winning florist Tiger Lily has selected Chase After a Cure to participate in its new Charity in Bloom program. During the month of February, 20 percent of the proceeds from the Charity in Bloom special arrangement will be donated to Chase After a Cure to support its work funding pediatric cancer research.
Tiger Lily owners Manny and Clara Gonzales recently started the Charity in Bloom program as a way to increase awareness and raise funds for nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health and wellness of children and families through medical research, education and mentorship. Each month, proceeds from a custom-designed arrangement are shared with a partner organization.
“Community is so important to our business, and we’re always looking for ways to give back,” Clara Gonzales said. “Other florists around the country have done this program, and we decided it was time to bring it to Charleston.”
The Charity in Bloom arrangement for February includes a variety of pink and white roses and hydrangeas. Pink and white flowers are symbols of youth, innocence and joy – an excellent fit for an organization devoted to helping children during their most difficult times.
Chase After a Cure raises money to fund innovative research and promising clinical trials that have the potential to immediately impact the lives of pediatric cancer patients. Summerville resident Whitney Ringler started the organization in 2009 after her 3-year-old son, Chase, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Since its founding, Chase After a Cure has awarded more than half a million dollars to pediatric cancer research at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.
“We’re grateful to Tiger Lily for selecting us as the Charity in Bloom partner for February,” said Adam White, executive director of Chase After a Cure. “Everyone loves a beautiful flower arrangement on Valentine’s Day or any day. And when it benefits a local nonprofit, it’s all the more beautiful.”
Attendees at the ninth annual Chase After a Cure Gala on Feb. 4 will have a chance to bid on the Charity in Bloom arrangement as part of the silent auction. For information on the Gala, visit www.chaseafteracure.com.