The healing power of flowers
By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors
Why Indianapolis? Five years ago, Betty Stilwell, then chief philanthropy officer at IU Health, mentioned the organization to [now-RAF Indianapolis Executive Director, Alison] Kothe. Stilwell said she had been talking with Jay Hicks, president and CEO of Prime Care Properties and Management. After meeting RAF’s founder and joining its national board, he thought Indianapolis was ready to become involved.
“Hicks was really the mover and shaker behind the Random Acts of Flowers in Indianapolis,” Kothe said. Once the commitment was made, things moved quickly. The first seed-money house party was in March of this year, and the new 501(c)3 moved into its space in September and started deliveries the next month.
As of early December, over 1,245 arrangements had been delivered to area hospitals and nursing homes.
(Charitable Advisors, 12/12/16)