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Royer’s Flowers donates $3,000 to American Cancer Society in support of ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign

From left, Tom Royer, Royer’s CEO; Stephanie Delp, senior community development manager, American Cancer Society; and Geoff Royer, Royer’s vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $3,000 to the American Cancer Society in support of its “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

Real Men Wear Pink is designed to give men a leadership role in the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate breast cancer.

Royer’s Kids Club making patriotic arrangement at Veterans Day event on Nov. 2

The Royer’s Kids Club will salute Veterans Day with a free event on Nov. 2 in all Royer’s Flowers & Gifts stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement (left) that includes an American flag.

Participants also may decorate a coloring page for the annual Holidays for Heroes event, for which Royer’s works in conjunction with the American Red Cross to honor veterans and active military.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the Nov. 2 event.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling the nearest Royer’s store.

Royer’s Flowers donates $1,000 to Safe Berks emergency shelter in Reading

From left, Tom Royer, Royer’s CEO; Beth Garrigan, COO, and Mindy McIntosh, director of development, Safe Berks; and Geoff Royer, Royer’s vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $1,000 to the nonprofit Safe Berks in Reading.

The funds are earmarked for Safe Berks’ emergency shelter, which serves victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their dependent children.

The shelter can accommodate as many as 50 people for 30 days and offers professional counseling and educational group meetings. Its staff is available 24 hours per day, seven days each week.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

And the winning arrangement name is … Cottage Garden

A quote from the French impressionist painter Claude Monet adorns SaraJane Barto’s refrigerator: “I must have flowers, always and always.”

Barto, of Carlisle, takes those words to heart, buying flowers for others and herself.

“And I love gardening,” she said. “Couldn’t do without flowers.”

That passion for flowers prompted Barto to submit the winning entry in this summer’s Royer’s name-the-arrangement contest.

Her entry Cottage Garden was selected from among nearly 900 total submissions. The online contest ran Aug. 1-15.

As shown above, Barto received a Cottage Garden arrangement as her prize.

The all-around arrangement features a square white-washed wooden box holding three sunflowers, charmelia alstroemeria, carnations, mini carnations, viking poms, purple spray asters, and raffia ribbon.

Barto said she has been a Royer’s customer for about a decade, after relocating from California.

“I love our Royer’s,” she said. “Their plants and flowers and leaves just last so long and are so pretty.”

She had won prizes before at home demonstrations or at bridal or baby showers, but nothing like Royer’s contest.

“This is much more important,” she said.

She won a Royer’s Kids Club contest in first grade, now Emily Swanger is heading to college

Emily Swanger, left, a former Royer’s Kids Club member, with Candace Oliver, manager of our flagship Lebanon store.

It’s not hard to still see the first grader in Emily Swanger, although she’s much taller now and long ago outgrew her “Cool Chick” T-shirt.

Emily had worn the shirt the last time we photographed her, on the day in November 2007 that Royer’s delivered a bouquet of carnations to her at South Lebanon Elementary School in Lebanon County. The rest of her classmates and teachers each received a carnation.

The special delivery was Emily’s reward for being the grand-prize winner that October during the Royer’s Kids Club’s first birthday party.

Emily, who graduated from Cedar Crest High School this spring, said her mother, Norma, regularly brought her to kids club events, which have always been open to children ages 5 to 12.

“My mom said I wanted to keep coming after I was too old,” Emily quipped.

At Cedar Crest, Emily was nominated for senior of the year and with a classmate took first place in a Future Business Leaders of America competition in the category of hospitality management. This summer she is working at the Jigger Shop in Mount Gretna and interning at Gerhart Financial Services in Lebanon, with a mission trip to Costa Rica in the middle.

In August, Emily will begin her studies at Cairn University near Philadelphia, where she plans to major in business administration and minor in Spanish.

She also made time in July to come by our flagship Lebanon store.

At Royer’s invite, Emily helped to recreate the photo of her with her bouquet that had appeared in the Lebanon Daily News in 2007. This time, Candace Oliver, manager of the Lebanon store, posed with Emily; Candace held a bouquet of carnations while Emily held the newspaper clipping.

With a series of photos taken, Candace gifted the bouquet to Emily.

Along with that, we wish her the best of luck in college.

 

 

We need your help naming this arrangement; enter our contest by Aug. 15

We’re giving the current name of this new arrangement a green thumbs down.

And that explains why Royer’s annual name-the-arrangement contest is appealing to the public to rename what is now known as the Garden Box design.

The person who submits the winning name will receive this arrangement (retail value $54.99) as a prize.

The all-around arrangement features a square white-washed wooden box holding three sunflowers, charmelia alstroemeria, carnations, mini carnations, viking poms, purple spray asters, and raffia ribbon.

To enter the contest, visit royers.com/contest.

Limit one entry daily per email address, now through Aug. 15.

Royer’s Kids Club offers free back-to-school event Aug. 17

We’ll celebrate the start of a new school year with a free Royer’s Kids Club event on Aug. 17.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring lavender and yellow daisy pompons, limonium, and a back-to-school stick-in in an orange diamond-cut vase.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling the nearest Royer’s store.

Royer’s annual ‘Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 22-July 6

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Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – returns June 22-July 6 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Helping Harvest (formerly the Greater Berks Food Bank).

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit. Donations may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours.

Forty million people face hunger in the United States – more than the entire population of Canada, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The need is acute during the summer months for more than 18 million children who lose access to free and reduced-price meals through schools.

Royer’s Kids Club making sundaes on Saturday at June 29 event

Here’s the scoop on the Royer’s Kids Club event on June 29.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an ice cream sundae out of carnations and to enter the kids club birthday card design contest. Participants also will receive a balloon.

As the price of admission, children are asked to bring at least one nonperishable food item to contribute to the Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Helping Harvest (formerly the Greater Berks Food Bank).

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

The other remaining 2019 kids club events are Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.

Royer’s Kids Club celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with free event March 16 in all stores

They say that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

While that may be a wee bit of an overstatement, this much is true: On March 16, all Royer’s Flowers & Gifts stores are celebrating the holiday with a free kids club event.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make an Irish Blessings arrangement, featuring a three-inch plant in a basket that can be decorated with green foil, satin ribbon and a glitter shamrock stick-in.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

The other 2019 kids club events are March 16, June 29, Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.