The Cincinnati Flower Growers Association (CFGA) held its first annual Summer Palooza in Hamilton, OH, on Sunday, July 29. The event, which was held at a private amusement park, was sponsored by several companies in the greenhouse industry, and all proceeds went to the CFGA’s scholarship fund.
The Summer Palooza was a new idea created to be family friendly and for the people who do not golf to be able to participate. Overall, it was a huge success, says Jordan Holtkamp of Eason Horticultural Resources and President of the CFGA.
“We were able to secure substantial sponsorships, and could not have made it happen without them,” Holtkamp says.
Funds raised from the event went directly into the CFGA scholarship fund, which awards two $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in a horticulture program. This year’s winners were Robert Hammond, currently employed at Diefenbachers Greenhouse and a junior attending the University of Cincinnati studying horticulture; and Peyton Phillips, employed at Meadow View Growers and a freshman attending The Ohio State University studying plant pathology.
“The scholarship program is a way of paying it forward to the next generation of horticulture students and future work force,” Holtkamp says. “It gives an opportunity to these students to not only get some financial help with their schooling, but also to get a head start in learning about the real-world horticultural industry they will be entering. Students have the opportunity to meet those immersed in the industry who are the business owners and managers of the companies involved. It’s a pretty neat dynamic, and I think other flower grower groups could look at this as a model for their own organizations.”