(Sarasota, FL, May 18, 2010): The Marie Selby Gardens Associates presented a check for $10,000, one of the largest donations in the support group’s history, to Selby Gardens CEO Tom Buchter at their Annual Meeting on Monday, May 17, 2010. The funds will support the Gardens’ programs of Research, Education and Horticultural Display.
Buchter lauded the group’s generosity: “The Associates reached deep into their pockets and made one of the largest donations in their 30-year history, despite this year’s difficult economy. Thank you for continuing your wholehearted support for Selby Gardens’ mission.”
The contribution capped the Selby Associates “Year of Going Green,” in which they switched from a printed newsletter to electronic communications and hosted “green” programs including presentations by the creator of the EarthBox and by the designer of Home and Garden TV’s 2009 Green Home. Earlier this fiscal year, the group provided funding for a new teen volunteer program, Selby Gardens Explorers, and underwrote the costs of holiday décor for the historic Christy Payne House, bringing their total Gardens support to almost $15,000 this year. The mission of the Marie Selby Gardens Associates is to “serve, support, and grow the Gardens.”