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 Municipality Of Anchorage, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Launch "Festival of Flowers" 

 Festival creates flower endowment fund, aims to increase private sector participation in city beautification 

5/19/2010 | Contact: Sarah Erkmann (907) 343-7103 Cathy Janigo (907) 343-4492
Mayor's Office

ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan announced today a new summer festival aimed at increasing private sector participation in city beautification. The kick-off event, called the “Festival of Flowers,” will be held in Town Square Park on Sat., June 5, 12 - 6 p.m., and will serve as a fundraiser for the newly created City of Flowers Endowment Fund that is designed to help pay for future city beautification efforts.

“This is great news for citizens who enjoy the city’s famously beautiful flower displays every summer,” said Mayor Sullivan. “I’m particularly pleased that we are able to partner with private groups and organizations to maintain this service despite challenging budget times.”

The Festival of Flowers is supported by Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. and the Anchorage Parks Foundation, both of which have donated staff time and funding to the project.

“Flower baskets hanging from the light posts in downtown have become an icon of our city," said Christopher M. Schutte, executive director for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. "As a community, we look forward to doing whatever we can to ensure that these much needed splashes of color return after a long winter.”

The Festival of Flowers will feature several highlights, including: art and flower auctions, including several of the city’s popular marigold and lobelia baskets that hang on Fourth Avenue; live music; garden education seminars; Town Square flower tours led by horticulturists; children’s planting instruction; educational booths; and a raffle for a one-of-a-kind potting shed painted by renowned local artist Romney Dodd.

The event is the kick-off fundraiser for the endowment fund that also will receive benefits from private donations, flower sales and other activities.

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