Flowers Recycled Into Smiles Now Serving the Silicon Valley
Random Acts of Flowers (RAF), a Knoxville, TN-based nonprofit organization that delivers smiles to neighbors in need in the form of repurposed floral arrangements, kicking off its expansion into the Silicon Valley area with a fundraising celebration and special floral delivery.
On Thursday, Nov. 13, supporters, volunteers and staff will gather at 6:00 pm at the Menlo Circus Club (190 Park Ln., Atherton) to launch RAF Silicon Valley. Guests will see centerpieces being created by local florists cocktail hour, hear a presentation about Random Acts of Flowers during the seated dinner, bid for several exciting packages in the live auction and cap off the night with a special musical performance by Street Corner Symphony.
Larsen Jay, Random Acts of Flowers Founder and CEO
“It’s remarkable how many people have been moved by the simple generosity of our mission. In just a few years, we’ve repurposed tens of thousands of donated flowers that might otherwise have ended up in the trash and have delivered almost 55,000 smiles to people in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices. We’re now excited to extend the organization’s positive impact to the Silicon Valley area.”
All of the event’s flowers will be recycled and repurposed into beautiful bouquets and delivered by RAF supporters to residents of Lytton Gardens assisted living facility (437 Webster St., Palo Alto) at 10:00 am on Friday, Nov. 14.
The addition of RAF Silicon Valley marks the fourth expansion this year. In addition to the original branch in Knoxville, Random Acts of Flowers operates facilities in Greeneville, Tennessee and Pinellas County, Florida (Tampa Bay area). Additional expansion plans are underway in the Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Salt Lake City.
Random Acts of Flowers Silicon Valley Kick-Off Celebration
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Menlo Circus Club
190 Park Lane
Atherton , CA 94027
Emceed by Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani
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In July 2007, Random Acts of Flowers’ founder, Larsen Jay, was in a near-fatal accident. While confined to his hospital room, the outpouring of support Larsen received from daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements immediately aided his long recovery. When Larsen was capable of leaving his room, he noticed how many of his fellow patients did not have visitors or flowers – the very thing that helped him so much in those early and difficult days. Right then, the first “random act of flowers” delivery was made, repurposing his flowers and delivering them to patients in nearby hospital rooms. Knowing how a simple gesture affected his fellow patients, Larsen and his wife Adrian formed Random Act of Flowers in 2008 with a simple mission: collect donated flowers from weddings, memorial services, florists, special events, grocery stores and churches; then recycle and repurpose them into beautiful bouquets for delivery to patients in hospitals, senior care facilities and hospices. In just a few years, RAF has bloomed in Knoxville, Tennessee, and branched out to Pinellas County, Florida, and Greeneville, Tennessee. As part of a national expansion, additional branches are being developed in Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles.