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Pencils of Promise 2015 Gala

October 25, 2015

Sunflower Pencils of Promise Centerpiece

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Pencils of Promise celebrated their 5th annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Pencils of Promise is a global community that believes everyone has the right to quality education, and takes action for the cause by raising funds to build schools in countries where children are often deprived of that very right such as Ghana (Africa), Guatemala (Central America), and Laos (Southeast Asia).

Since 2009, Pencils of Promise has grown leaps and bounds building 319 schools, with 33,856 students served! Even though PoP has made amazing progress, with 250 million children lacking basic reading, writing, and math skills, they believe there is more to be done, which is what brings us to the reason for tonight’s gala.

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1800Flowers Floral Expert & Consultant Celebrates His 60th Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2015

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. – Longtime Florist and Floral Expert Jerry Rosalia has worked at for over 30 years and just celebrated his 60th Valentine’s Day holiday. Of course this impressive achievement called for a celebration (and this blog post) in his honor. Jerry was born with a green thumb as a third generation florist growing up in Brooklyn, New York.Julie McCann-Mulligan, Jerry Rosalia & Jim McCann

At 83 years young, Jerry loves his job and has been a mentor, inspiration, and friend to all around him. With a smile on his face, Jerry continues to lend his floral expertise to florists around the country at BloomNet®, 1800Flowers’ international floral wire service. You may also recognize Jerry as a contributing writer to this very blog as he lends his floral and plant knowledge to the public.

Jerry Rosalia, Floral Expert
One of Jerry’s favorite work quotes is one to live by:
When you do something you love, you’ll never work a day on your life.

Congratulations, Jerry! Thank you for a job well done, and for being you!
Congratulations Jerry on 60 Valentine's Days

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The 1800Flowers Carle Place Office Celebrates Diwali

October 24, 2014

At it has become a tradition to celebrate the Hindu “festival of lights” Diwali, also known as “Deepavali.” Using the lunar calendar, Diwali falls in autumn every year during the Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

To celebrate in the office, we dine on traditional cuisine and members of the family dress in traditional and festive attire and decorate around the office with lit candles “diyas” and colorful floor art “rangoli” (our team used flower petals). Check out some of our pictures from today’s Diwali celebration!

Celebrating Diwali at

1800Flowers Employees Celebrating Diwali in Kurtas (Men) and Chudidhar (Women).
From Left to Right: Vijayabaskaran, Shikharesh, Anish, Veerakishore, Bipin, Rakesh Vatti, Kiran, Manohar, Jyothi & Prajakta.

Flower Rangoli for Deepavali

Diwali Floral Rangoli Using Flower Petals

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Pencils of Promise 2014 Gala

October 23, 2014
Education Sunflower Pencil Floral Centerpiece

Education inspired centerpieces with sunflowers and oversize pencils donated by 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Crafted by The Plant Shed.

NEW YORK, NY – On October 22, 2014 Pencils of Promise (PoP) celebrated their 4th annual Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. “Everyone has a promise” is the organization’s mission as they help raise funds for education programs and operations in locations where it is needed the most such as Ghana (Africa), Guatemala (Central America), and Laos (Southeast Asia). PoP also encourages young leaders around the world to take positive action both locally and globally.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been thrilled to work with the organization for the past five years including the support of all four Galas, and was honored to be able to donate the education inspired floral centerpieces for the event.

“We are delighted to support Pencils of Promise, as we recognize the importance of education and training to help individuals grow both professionally and personally.”
– Chris McCann, President, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

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Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

October 25, 2013

Pencils of Promise Flowers by 1800flowers

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Flower Centerpiece Donated for Pencils of Promise 2013 Gala

Pencils of Promise (“PoP”) is an amazing organization that builds schools in the developing world, while training young leaders to take action locally and globally. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has had the pleasure of working with PoP over the past four years and was thrilled to be able to provide the floral centerpieces at this year’s Pencils of Promise Gala on October 24, 2013 in New York City. The night honors some of the most amazing Pencils of Promise ambassadors and leading figures in international education.

“We are proud to support this incredible organization. This year, we launched our prom program where a portion of all corsages sold online and in our flower stores, was donated to Pencils of Promise. With the proceeds raised, we were able to build a classroom,” says 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Vice President of Retail Marketing, Lisa Hendrikson.

This year’s PoP Gala was hosted by Sophia Bush and the honorees included sixteen year old Pakistani school pupil and education activist Malala Yousafzai, New Jersey Senator Elect Cory Booker, and The Cahill Family. Malala’s award was accepted by Shiza Shahid, Executive Director of the Malala Fund who recited Malala’s powerful words on her behalf, “…that education is our basic right.”

Pencils of Promise Artwork of Their Students by Chalkboard Artist Casey Opstad

Pencils of Promise Artwork of Their Students by Chalkboard Artist Casey Opstad

Shiza Shahid at Pencils of Promise Gala

Shiza Shahid, Executive Director of the Malala Fund accepts the Pencils of Promise Award for Malala Yousafza.