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One creative child will win a flower delivery in Royer’s annual birthday card design contest

Last year’s winning entry

Like the start of summer break itself, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual birthday card design contest presents a blank canvas.

Royer’s is challenging children ages 5 to 12 to design an email birthday card that all Royer’s Kids Club members will receive in the year ahead.

The artist with the winning entry will receive a free bouquet delivery on his or her next birthday.

To enter the contest, download an entry form here or pick up one at any Royer’s store, create a design, and drop off the entry at any Royer’s store by July 15.

Good luck to everyone!

Where are they now? Former Royer’s Kids Club members Alex and Marisa Heisey

Siblings Marisa and Alex Heisey were regulars at Royer’s Kids Club events.

 

If Marisa Heisey ends up at a college in western Pennsylvania, the Conestoga Valley High School junior will follow in the footsteps of her older brother, Alex. He is a sophomore at Grove City College, an hour north of Pittsburgh.

It wouldn’t be the first time the close siblings have walked similar paths. A decade ago, they won Royer’s Kids Club contests in back-to-back years.

In 2010, Alex, then in third grade, won the kids club’s birthday card design contest. In 2011, Marisa, then in first grade, won a back-to-school coloring contest. (In 2017, while in seventh grade, Marisa also won the birthday card design contest.)

Alex and Marisa are the children of Nevin and Joy Heisey of East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County. At the time of Alex’s win, his mother said, “Both of my kids love flowers.”

We caught up with Joy recently for an update on what her children, long since having graduated from the kids club, are up to now.

Majoring in business management

Alex in 2010, when he was in third grade.

At Grove City College, Alex is majoring in business management with a focus on supply chain.

“He loves Grove City,” Joy said. “He really is enjoying his experience there.”

While some colleges resorted to online studies-only during the pandemic, Grove City stuck with in-person classes, albeit at times with mask requirements.

“He’s very thankful to be in-person on campus this whole time,” Joy said.

His varied interests and busy schedule have taken Alex beyond his school’s campus, too.

Through his involvement with Impact, Grove City’s outdoor adventure leadership program, Alex has backpacked in southern Virginia, ice climbed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and skied in New York.

He is a library aide, training to become a tour guide, and a member of the school’s human-powered vehicle club. The latter involved designing and building something that resembled a recumbent bicycle and racing it in Michigan.

Leaning toward nursing school

Seventh-grade Marisa with her prize in 2017.

When we spoke with Joy, she had just come back from one of five planned college visits with Marisa, who is leaning toward nursing school, either in Pennsylvania or Ohio. She was preparing to take the SATs in May and again in June.

Marisa is active in student council, music and science honor societies, school bible study and her church’s youth group. She is one of eight Conestoga Valley girls participating in a mentorship program through the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. She works in the bake shop at Kitchen Kettle Village.

“She still loves drawing,” Joy said. “She’s very much (into) water colors, she likes to paint ceramics.”

Joy fondly recalled her children’s involvement with the Royer’s Kids Club. They were such regulars at kids club events that store employees knew the family members by name, Joy said. Marisa was officially too young for the club when Alex started going, but the staff would let her participate anyway.

The Heiseys still have mugs, vases and baskets from the various kids club event projects.

“That’s a good memory,” Joy said of attending events.

Better still, the kids club events seem to have inspired a lasting love for flowers in Joy’s children.

Last fall, Marisa won a flower-arranging contest at the West Lampeter Fair, just as she – and Alex – had done in years past.

Purchasing these arrangements supports local animal shelters

 

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The needs of animal shelters are diverse, from pet food to cleaning supplies, toys to towels. And they are costly to address, especially for non-profit organizations.

To help, Royer’s donates a portion of the profits from the sale of its Puppy in a Basket and Kitten in a Basket arrangements to animal shelters in its seven-county market area.

To kick off the program in 2021, Royer’s sent $100 checks to 10 area animal organizations:

Humane Pennsylvania, serving Berks and Lancaster counties; Animal Rescue League of Berks County; Speranza Animal Rescue in Mechanicsburg; Castaway Critters and Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area in Dauphin County; Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter in Chambersburg; 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue in Elizabethtown; Columbia Animal Shelter; Humane Society of Lebanon County; and York County SPCA.

“Plants and pets bring great joy to our lives and add warmth to our homes,” said Tom Royer, CEO of family-owned Royer’s. “We’re eager to support local animal shelters and the great service they provide in our communities.”

Available year-round, the arrangements comprise a seven-inch plush dog or cat surrounded by a three-quarter round arrangement in a basket with carnations, daisy and button poms, statice and babies breath.

Each of the arrangements is 10 inches high and 10 inches wide and retails for $44.99.

 

 

 

 

 

Royer’s Flowers presents American Red Cross with thousands of holiday cards for area veterans

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Continuing an annual tradition, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts on Dec. 7, 2021, presented several thousand holiday cards and coloring pages to the American Red Cross for distribution to area veterans.

Royer’s, which has participated in the Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” program for nearly a decade, collected the cards from the public in each of its stores throughout November.

WGAL News 8 and abc27 were on hand at Royer’s Harrisburg East store as Barry Spengler, Royer’s chief administrative officer, transferred boxes of cards and coloring pages to Jonathan Glenn, regional program director, American Red Cross.

 

Royer’s Flowers donates to 10 area animal shelters

From left, Geoff Royer, vice president of central operations, and Tom Royer, president and CEO, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts, which has donated $100 each to 10 area animal shelters. Royer’s sister company in the Columbus, Ohio, area, Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts, made similar donations to four shelters there for total contributions of $1,400.

Plants and animals just go together.

Consider the former that are named after the latter, from cattails to hound’s tongue, elephant ear to bird of paradise, rattlesnake orchids to zebra grass.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts even offers arrangements featuring plush animals, including Kitten in a Basket and Puppy in a Basket. Under a new program, Royer’s is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of those two arrangements to area animal shelter and rescue efforts.

For the first awards, family-owned Royer’s is sending $100 checks to 10 area animal organizations:

Humane Pennsylvania, serving Berks and Lancaster counties; Animal Rescue League of Berks County; Speranza Animal Rescue in Mechanicsburg; Castaway Critters and Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area in Dauphin County;

Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter in Chambersburg; 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue in Elizabethtown; Columbia Animal Shelter; Humane Society of Lebanon County; and York County SPCA.

“On behalf of the Royer’s Flowers & Gifts family, please accept this gift in support of the love and care your organization provides to animals,” wrote Tom Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s, in a letter accompanying each donation.

The Kitten in a Basket and Puppy in a Basket arrangements are available year-round.

Royer’s Flowers saluting veterans Nov. 11 with free red, white and blue bouquets

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts will honor veterans with free patriotic bouquets on Nov. 11.

The bouquets – featuring a red carnation, a white carnation and a blue bow – will be available in-store only at any of Royer’s 16 locations in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

“This is one of our favorite annual traditions,” said Tom Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s. “These men and women, along with their families, make great sacrifices while serving our country. It’s our privilege to honor our veterans.”

Non-veterans may purchase the bouquet for $2.10 each.

Royer’s Flowers and sister company in Ohio donate $10,000 to women’s charities

From left, Geoff Royer, vice president of central operations, and Tom Royer, president and CEO, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts, which has donated $7,250 to six women’s charities. Royer’s sister company in the Columbus, Ohio, area made similar donations totaling $2,750 for total contributions to women’s charities of $10,000.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $7,250 to six women’s charities throughout its market area in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Family-owned Royer’s earmarks $10 for women’s charities for every sale of its Admiration arrangement, which is available year-round.

This year’s recipients and the amount of their awards: Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, $2,500; Junior League of York, Junior League of Harrisburg, Junior League of Lancaster, and Junior League of Reading, $1,000 each; Girls Who Code, Harrisburg/Hershey clubs, $750.

“My grandmother Hannah Royer started our company,” said Tom Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s Flowers. “Our family has a keen appreciation for the vital role that women play in our families and communities and for the importance of encouraging female empowerment.

“We’re grateful to our customers for supporting our efforts with their purchases and to this year’s recipients for the significant contributions they make on behalf of women. Congratulations to each of the recipients. It is our pleasure to support them.”

Paige Hershey is this year’s winner of the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest

Paige with her dog, Shiloh.

Lancaster County’s Paige Hershey didn’t sit idle during the pandemic.

For one thing, the East Lampeter Township 12-year-old got busy entering contests. One was for photography, another for writing.

“She’s just driven,” said Paige’s mother, Heather.

That drive led to success for the seventh-grader. Paige had the winning entry in this year’s Royer’s Flowers & Gifts Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Her design will adorn the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Paige’s prize is a free flower delivery on her next birthday.

Paige, one of five siblings, loves to draw (mainly horses) and read, Heather said. Paige plays field hockey and basketball and swims.

“She’s a really fun kiddo,” her mother said.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or online at royers.com/kidsclub. Kids club benefits include a membership card, online activities, a quarterly e-mail newsletter, contests and events.

You name it, you win it: Royer’s new arrangement

Every year for various reasons, Royer’s Flowers reworks approximately half of its arrangements.

This year, one of those makeovers is the focus of Royer’s annual name-the-arrangement contest.

This design features a clear dimple vase filled with sunflowers, carnations, daisy poms and charmelia, with accents of golden solidago and purple asters. It’s only lacking a name.

To view the arrangement and enter the contest, visit royers.com/contest. Limit one entry daily per email address, through Aug. 6.

The person who submits the winning name will receive the arrangement (retail value $49.99) as a prize.

Royer’s Flowers donates $3,000 to Helping Harvest Food Bank

From left, Geoff Royer, vice president, central operations, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts, and Doug Long, director of development, Helping Harvest food bank in Reading, Pa.

For every dollar donated, Helping Harvest can acquire $20 worth of food to help people in need in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

By that measure, the food bank will leverage a $3,000 donation from Royer’s Flowers & Gifts into $60,000 worth of food.

Tom Royer, president and CEO of Lebanon-based Royer’s, said the donation reflects his family-owned company’s gratitude for the support it has received during the pandemic. Royer’s 16 stores include Reading, Shillington and Wernersville in Berks County.

“We had to reinvent our company, and at times it was a painful process,” Royer said, “but our strong team’s dedication and hard work enabled us to come through this as a better company. It is our privilege to give back to our communities and help families that are struggling to put food on the table.”

Doug Long is director of development for Helping Harvest, which he said “is extremely grateful for the continued support and generosity of Royer’s Flowers and Gifts. In the past year, we have seen the need for food assistance in our community skyrocket. Thankfully, because of concerned supporters like Royer’s, we have been able to ensure that no family needs to go hungry during these difficult times.”