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Sanford Landscaper Spruces Up Grounds at Hospice House

August 4, 2008

By Linda Florea, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Aug. 4–Designing Women Landscaping & Nursery joined with customers and vendors to provide custom landscaping for the Hospice of the Comforter’s new Hospice House in Altamonte Springs.

The initial project, funded by more than $7,500 raised at the Sanford nursery, provided a focal point for each of the ground-level private gardens. The project was then expanded to include an entrance island and fountain, several water features and additional landscaping. The nursery donated materials and all labor, totaling $20,000.

Gelinda Backman, commercial sales manager, said that once the nursery started on the improvements, it couldn’t stop. “Each plant, each waterscape added such a visual serenity to the area, we were compelled to keep going.”

Hospice House serves the terminally ill in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

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C.T. Hsu + Associates has donated architectural services and $25,000 to create the Threshold Center for Autism, a medical-and-dental clinic for the developmentally disabled. The $1.2 million center near Winter Park will serve an estimated 4,000 patients annually. . . .

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Education Station Log Cabin was made possible by members of Seminole County Leadership Class 14, with major donors including Publix Super Markets Charities, Wiginton Fire Systems, Orlando Magic, Citizens Bank of Florida, Community Based Care of Seminole and Keller Outdoors. IKEA furnished the new facility. . . .

University of Phoenix, through its Hunger is Happening food drive, collected through employees at its local campuses nearly 220 pounds of food that was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. . . .

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail has received a $1,000 donation as part of the Walt Disney Co.’s “Ears to You” program for exemplary volunteer service. Veteran Scrub-Jay Trail volunteer Chris Parker has received this honor for three consecutive years. . . .

Florida Citrus Sports is donating $15,000 to the University of Iowa Flood Relief Fund to help repair some of the $231 million in flood damage at the university. Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference, which has partnered with Florida Citrus Sports in both the Capital One and Champs Sports football bowl games. . . .

Hudson McMurtrie, owner of Re/Max Properties SW in the Dr. Phillips area of Orange County, raised more than $36,000 at a recent charity auction to benefit the Sentinels of Freedom of Central Florida, which wants to raise $100,000 to help U.S. military veterans with severe injuries. . . .

PCL Construction Inc. and Mims Construction Co. teamed up with the Orlando Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity recently to present $32,000 in scholarships to 18 Central Florida students. . . .

Eighteen Central Florida Chevrolet dealers helped raise about $44,000 for local youth baseball leagues through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program, which provides equipment, money, vehicles and baseball clinics.

PepsiCo’s Smart Spot program, a health-and-wellness initiative, has awarded three grants of $2,500 each to the Central Florida YMCA. The grants will be used to develop a pilot exercise program at the Wayne Densch YMCA in Pine Hills for black women at risk for diabetes and high blood pressure; provide incentive monthly memberships for the “Workout To Win” program at the South Orlando YMCA; and support recreational and competitive sports opportunities for those with disabilities at the Cocoa YMCA at Brevard Community College. . . .

Ram Eye Care and Retina Center, with offices in Leesburg and The Villages, has donated $1,000 to New Vision for Independence Inc., a nonprofit that provides assistance and training for blind and visually impaired adults in Lake and Sumter counties. . . .

Riverside Bank’s scholarship program will award 15 $1,000 scholarships to students entering college in St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Highlands, Martin, Lake, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Polk and Volusia counties.

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