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HRI Raises More Than $85,000 at Winter Reception





The HRI, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, which provides both student scholarships and industry research grants, raised more than $85,000 during their annual Winter Reception.


The Horticultural Research Institute raised over $85,000 during their annual Winter Reception, which was held in conjunction with MANTS, an east coast green industry trade show. The event took place in mid-January in Baltimore, Md. and received over 125 attendees in support of the HRI mission - providing students scholarships and industry research grants.

Also, included in the evening was the announcement of the upcoming release of the Institute's "Back Then to Right Now: The Horticultural Industry Comes of Age" book, which is authored by Bob Dolibois. The book will be launched in July.

"Philanthropic vision, supporting research that benefits the industry's community, and providing financial assistance to next generation leaders are all hallmarks of industries on the rise," states Michael V. Geary, AmericanHort President & CEO. "Optimism in the horticultural industry is increasing, and we're seeing that optimism reflected in the generosity of our donors. 2014 saw great recovery and advancement in many of our industry sectors, and 2015 should show that trend continue."

In addition to the book fund, additional reception highlights included:

  • Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show presented $3,000 toward the C.M. Akehurst Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association presented a $5,000 toward its members ongoing commitment to the Ohio Research Endowment Fund
  • The Conard-Pyle Co. pledged an additional $10,000 toward the Conard-Pyle Endowment Fund
  • Midwest Groundcovers, LLC presented $10,000 toward the Orum-Midwest Research Endowment Fund
  • Peter and Irma Orum presented $20,000 toward the Orum-Midwest Research Endowment Fund
Signature Programs for 2015
Fundraising will continue throughout 2015 to support work in several signature programs, including:

The Scholarship & Research Endowment Program, which will:
  • Provide nearly $400,000 in grant funding to more than a dozen valuable research projects;
  • Report vital research results back to the horticultural community at-large;
  • Support the next generation of professionals with more than $20,000 in scholarships; and
  • Collaborate with multiple federal government agencies to ensure additional and relevant horticultural research is conducted.
The Horticultural Industry Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative, which will:
  • Develop a bee and pollinator stewardship program that improves circumstances surrounding pollinator health concerns;
  • Fund research that helps answer key science questions that support the stewardship program;
  • Spread the word to the horticulture industry communities and its customers how the program has a positive impact on pollinators and still allows us to mitigate the spread of invasive pests that threaten our natural environment.
For more information at HRI, please visit hriresearch.org.

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