Honoring Cindy McConkey Cox

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news of the passing of Cindy McConkey Cox, our Chief Operating & Marketing Officer for Random Acts of Flowers.  After a heroic four-year battle with cancer, Cindy died early this morning with her family by her side. I cannot begin to express how devastated [...]

January 25th, 2018|Blog, Chicago Patron Society, Knoxville Patron Society|

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” - Helen Keller Knoxville grower John Benzinger has been cultivating the local soil for more than fifty years. In that time, he ran a tobacco farm and a dairy farm followed by a sunflower nursery. He got into [...]

December 21st, 2017|Blog, Knoxville Patron Society|

10 Fun Flower Facts for National Poinsettia Day

10 Fun Flower Facts for National Poinsettia Day The poinsettia's association with Christmas comes from a Mexican legend. The story goes that a child, with no means for a gift, gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve. As the congregation watched, the weeds turned [...]

December 12th, 2017|Blog|

RAF Chicago IN BLOOM Newsletter – Fall 2017

November 7th, 2017|Blog, Chicago Patron Society|

“We send you these flowers from our hearts” – A Hurricane Irma Wedding Story

"We send you these flowers from our hearts" A Hurricane Irma Wedding Story Justin Murphy and his new bride, Katherine, had planned a glorious celebration of their love and life together, but Hurricane Irma had other plans for their oceanside wedding day. Read about how the couple's resilience, love, and generosity touched hundreds of lives [...]

September 16th, 2017|Blog|

The Impact of a Fall: Reflecting on a Decade’s Ripple Effect

The Impact of a Fall: Reflecting on a Decade's Ripple Effect Larsen Jay soon after his 2007 accident. Ten years ago today, I fell. I fell from a roof onto the hard concrete below. Ten years ago, the impact of that fall affected my body - breaking numerous bones that, along with my [...]

July 29th, 2017|Blog|

Meet Random Acts of Flowers Queen of Green, Sarah Cronan

Meet RAF's Queen of Green, Sarah Cronan Headshot by Crystal Martin This week, Random Acts of Flowers' National Director of Finance and Administration Sarah Cronan, is more than 1,000 miles away from our National Headquarters, attending the 2017 Perennial Plant Association Symposium in Denver, Colorado. Because - while Sarah is the Queen [...]

July 26th, 2017|Blog|

The Longest Day: Celebrating Lives Well Lived

The Longest Day: Celebrating Lives Well Lived Today, many of us will celebrate the longest day of the year – the summer solstice – by spending time outside with our friends and family, soaking up the sun, and reveling in the fact that we've made it another year around the sun while twilight slowly settles [...]

June 21st, 2017|Blog, Chicago Patron Society, Knoxville Patron Society|

Tuesdays with Flowers: Making Memories Blossom with Random Acts of Flowers

Tuesdays with Flowers: Making Memories Blossom with Random Acts of Flowers Describing Stephanie Mataya as a caregiver feels like a vast understatement once you get to know her. A full-time speech pathologist, wife, mom, stepmom, and dog/cat/lizard mom, Stephanie spends her time bettering the lives of the people (and animals) who surround her and nurturing a [...]

May 30th, 2017|Blog|

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Chicago Newsletter

May 18th, 2017|Blog, Chicago Patron Society, Newsletters|