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Breast Cancer Survivors Celebrate With Passion At OC Race for the Cure

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

_MG_0218NEWPORT BEACH, California — Breast cancer survivors along with family, friends and community members gathered to celebrate life and a future hope for breast cancer research at the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure in Newport Beach on Sunday. Over 20,000 runners kicked off the 5K run/walk at Fashion Island as early as 7:15 a.m. One-thousand of those registered participants were breast cancer survivors. Female survivors sported pink T-shirt and hats, while male survivors wore gray.

Komen’s goal was to raise $3 million at this year’s event. According to the Orange County Race for the Cure website, over 22,000 participants raised $3 million for the event in 2011. That effort turned the race into the largest event of its kind in Orange County. Of that money, 75 percent stays in Orange County for breast cancer screening and education, while the remainder goes toward breast cancer research.

Marie La Fargue, a three-time breast cancer survivor, was named the 2012 Most Influential Survivor at addressed a crowd of survivors at the race. “I’m here to show inspiration and hope to all the women here because I’m here after three separate and distinct breast cancers and 19 years of survivorship,” said La Fargue. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and believes in early detection. Statistics show one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Passion Growers donated a pink rose to every survivor that attended the event.


Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

His House Children’s Home recognizes local supporters for their volunteerism

His House Children’s Home honors and recognizes many Passion Growers employees who have worked hard over the past year to help make the children feel at home. The employees’ children’s’ Girl Scout Troop and friends (many of which are Passion Growers employees) were awarded with His House Children’s Home’s “Outstanding Volunteer Group of the Year for 2012.”

Passion Growers’ employees Jacqueline Binner and Kathy Smith have volunteered much of their spare time to helping the children of “His House” and by working with the children of local Girl Scout Troop #10306 from Saint Mark Catholic School. “This is such an honor and one that we all could not have received if it weren’t for all the hard work and dedication from the many volunteers,” said Binner. “We have all been so blessed by these wonderful children and they have allowed us to be a part of their lives and we have grown as people from the experience. We have grown in love!”

His House Children’s Home is a private, non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to restoring the joy in the lives of children from newborn to 18 years of age, and those who have transitioned out of the foster care system. Established in 1989, the organization provides residential care for abused, neglected and drug-exposed children in a home-like setting.

The agency is licensed by the Florida Department of Children & Families, contracted by Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. and in Broward County ChildNet, Inc. as a residential program and child-placement agency. As such, the organization is a frontline provider of residential services when an abused child comes into a foster care system. His House is committed to breaking the cycle of abuse, while meeting the emotional, medical, educational and social needs of the child. The organization provides programs and services ranging from residential care, foster and adoption placement, case-management, in-house counseling, the His House Academy, tutoring, in addition to weekly enrichment activities such as art, music, athletics, drama and music production. Since its inception, His House has restored the joy in the lives of over 4,500 children. For more information on His House Children’s Home or to learn how you can help, visit

San Diego’s ‘Go Red for Women’ Goes Red with Passion Roses!

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Passion Growers provided red roses for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon in San Diego. The Go Red for Women campaign encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also encourages action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The proceeds raised from the 2012 Go Red for Women Luncheon will go towards funding much-needed life saving cardiovascular and stroke research, public health educational activities and professional education of our local medical community, specifically focused on San Diegan Women. Passion Growers is proud to support this life-saving organization.

Passion Growers’ Roses Help Create a Memorable Event Benefiting the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation wanted to refresh fund-raising efforts for its February 8 event. Committee members decided to partner with Wine, Women & Shoes, a group that works with charities and corporate clients on creating event platforms involving fund-raising, building awareness, team building, and client networking.

Tables in the Coral Grand ballroom, which sold for $2,000 to $3,000, had white tablecloths, round centerpieces with light pink roses and green foliage created by Karla Conceptual Event Experiences with flowers provided by Passion Growers…

To read the full story in BizBash Magazine, click here.

Passion Growers’ Roses Offered as Thank You to Mayfield Florist Blood Drive Donors

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Passion Growers’ friends at Mayfield Florist, along with the American Red Cross teamed up on Nov. 26, 2011 for a blood drive. Since 2003, Don Coleman, co-owner of Mayfield Florist, has been working with the American Red Cross to hold the Blood Drive in Honor of his son Sean Coleman, whose life was saved by a blood transfusion following a heart transplant when he was only four months old.

Sean Coleman was diagnosed days after his birth with a heart defect that lead to the thickening of the heart walls and eventually limited the pumping action of the organ. His parents had lost Sean’s older brother, Patrick, to the disease four months before Sean was born.

Sean was placed on a transplant waiting list and, when he was 4 months old, on Nov. 29, 1995; he became the youngest heart transplant patient at University Medical Center. Today Sean is an active normal sophomore in high school and an amazing young man. Don, who is co-owner of Mayfield Florist, schedules the blood drive around the anniversary of his son’s successful operation. Each donor received a bouquet of Passion Growers’ roses as a Thank You for those who gave blood. Donors also had the option to “Pay it Forward” and donate their roses to either Peppi’s House (TMC Hospice) or the Diamond Children’s Medical Center.

Click for more information on Mayfield Florist or the American Red Cross.


Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

We’ve all been touched by breast cancer in some way and we remain optimistic that we will live to see the day when they find a cure. By joining together in this most fabulous team effort, we gain strength along our journey. Not just our legs and our bodies getting stronger from all the miles we walk while training, but from the friendships we build and the bonds we create. The 3-Day 60 mile walk had two basic objectives, to raise money to find a cure and to raise awareness of the disease. Every 13 minutes someone in the United States will lose their battle with breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk team Powered By Optimism wants to make a visual statement that will reflect this statistic. During the 60 mile walk, 272 people in the United States will die from breast cancer! For every life lost, walkers will carry a pink rose. At the start of day two, 110 pink roses were carried and on day three 220 pink roses were carried. At the end of the three day walk, 272 pink roses represented the lives lost.

Over the last few years, Passion Growers has been committed to helping raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research and education. We congratulate all of the walkers who helped to raise money and awareness during the 2011 San Diego 3-Day for the Cure walk. We salute you.

For media coverage of the event, click here. To learn more about The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, click here.

Passion Growers Teams up with the LIVESTRONG® Challenge in Austin

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

On October 15, 2011, Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, cycling champion and LIVESTRONG® founder and chairman, celebrated 15 years of cancer survivorship by joining 4,300 fellow survivors, advocates and supporters who participated in the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge in Austin. The two-day event included a 5k walk/run through the heart of downtown Austin on Sat., Oct. 15 and a multi-distance bike ride, including 20-, 45-, 65- and 90-mile options, through the Texas hill country on Sun., Oct. 16 to raise awareness and funds for people affected by cancer. This year, the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin participants have collectively raised more than $2.3 million.

Passion Growers provided more than 1600 stems of roses to this year’s LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin, a milestone event for Lance Armstrong and his organization. We are proud to participate by offering our beautiful, colorful and cheerful roses to the event to help create a positive and encouraging environment. We are also honored to be among the many cancer survivors, advocates and supporters who truly “live strong” each day. Passion Growers salutes you!


Sunday, September 25th, 2011

A virtual river of pink rushed through Fashion Island on September 25, 2011, as more than 30,000 attendees joined forces for the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure® in Newport Beach, Calif. Breast cancer survivors, clad in pink t-shirts and hats, raced alongside family, friends and advocates honoring loved ones touched by breast cancer in an effort to create a world without the disease. This year, Passion Growers provided a pink rose to each of the 2,000 survivors who were participating in the event.

The annual Komen Orange County Race for the Cure kicked-off breast cancer awareness month, which began October 1, and fundraising for Komen Orange County Race will continue through October 31. The Komen Orange County affiliate encourages further community involvement through volunteering, donations, and participating in the Passionately Pink for the Cure initiative to get communities involved in the fight against breast cancer.

To see the news coverage visit ABC7 News.

Passion Growers Provides Roses for the Poway Patriotic Parade

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

During this year’s 47th annual Poway Patriotic Parade, rose grower/supplier Passion Growers provided colorful yellow roses (variety was Isabel) to help decorate the horse blankets and tail arrangements for the Escondido Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. On Saturday, Sept. 10 an enthusiastic crowd of 10,000 cheered and clapped for neighbors, family and others during the Poway Patriotic Parade. In past years, the parade was traditionally a western-themed celebration, however this year it provided a salute to military members, veterans, firefighters, deputies, health and emergency workers, plus a remembrance of the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Passion Growers is proud to support the local community where it does business, and this is just one way that our roses can help honor and support the local community.

Britney Spears Adds Some Passion to Her Recent Charity Event!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The St. Bernard Project & The Spears Family recently presented “An Evening of Southern Style” with Britney Spears and Chef Jamie Spears. Passion Growers supplied roses for this event hosted by The St. Bernard Project, with ambassador Britney Spears. Additional guests included Joe Jonas, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Kellan Lutz, Hilary Duff, Kelly Osbourne, and Will.I.Am. The elegant affair also included a gourmet dinner of southern food created by professional chef, Jamie Spears (Britney’s father). The event took place at a private residence on May 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills.

The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization, has a mission to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. For more information visit