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One Hundred Associates Volunteer for Green Makeover of Orlando Veterans Hospital

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

One Hundred Associates Volunteer for Green Makeover of Orlando Veterans Hospital 

~ ScottsMiracle-Gro facilitates large-scale beautification of local veterans medical center~

ORLANDO – Today, associates from ScottsMiracle-Gro visited the Orlando VA Medical Center to launch an extensive green makeover in the outdoor spaces surrounding the facility. Staff members from local elected officials’ offices also joined the more than 100 ScottsMiracle-Gro associates as they launched this project at a ground breaking and dedication event earlier today.

“As the lawn and garden industry leader, Scotts Miracle-Gro believes strongly in the life enhancing qualities of gardens and green spaces. We are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on the environment and in local communities,” said Chris Allen, president of the Southeast Region for ScottsMiracle-Gro. “The team effort put in today is meant to honor our veterans and provide them with a revitalized outdoor space to enjoy while they recuperate at the Orlando VA Medical Center.”

In addition to the dedication of the community garden, ScottsMiracle-Gro associates will visit two local schools, Lake Como Elementary and Silver Star Center, to volunteer a full-day’s time as part of the organization’s Research & Development Innovation Conference in Orlando.  In all, the three projects equate to an approximate $17,000 investment and donation to the greater Orlando community.

“We have more than 400 full-time and part-time associates across the state and it is home to our Southeast headquarters,” continued Allen. “The welfare of Florida is very important to us and community garden projects such as these give back to the neighborhoods, schools, hospitals and parks that are in the backyards of many of our employees.”

The beautification project at the Orlando VA Medical Center allows patients, families and the community to experience the beauty and serenity of nature gardens. Additionally, the two Orlando school projects create safe, rejuvenated spaces where students can learn about sustainable gardening and the benefits of connecting with the earth and the environment.

“Our long history of success is founded on the principals of personal and family engagement with the outdoors and within our local communities. This dedication to community is the reason we are all here today,” concluded Allen.

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