Fairchild Palms presents $15,000 check to FTBG

By Samantha Rego….

Photographed at the presentation are (l-t) Mario Facella of Wells Fargo Private Bank; Amy Padolf, Fairchild Challenge; Mary Scott Russell, Chamber South; Gregg Pawley, Geomantic Designs; Marcie Voce, Edward Jones Investments; Otto Foerster, Brown & Brown Insurance; Monica O’Chaney, E Sciences; Samantha Castronovo, NTM Info & Research; Jolie Balido, Roar Media; Andrew Quarrie, Silverpulp Advertising, and John Malloy, Malloy & Malloy patent law firm.

The Fairchild Palms, the young professionals group affiliated with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG), on Saturday, Aug. 28, presented FTBG with a $15,000 donation that the nonprofit group raised at its parties, happy hours, wine-tastings and other special events during its 2009-10 fiscal year.
The money will support the Fairchild Challenge, FTBG’s renowned environmental education and conservation program distributed free to elementary, middle and high schools.
“The Fairchild Palms’ ability to raise $15,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships during one of the most challenging economies in recent history is a major testament to the hard work of our board, the commitment of our corporate sponsors and the support of our members and community,” said John Cyril Malloy III, president of the Palms and partner of Malloy & Malloy PA patent law firm.
“This year, we’re proud to have raised 50 percent more than the $10,000 we donated last year and to see our membership and email database continue to gain in strength and numbers,” Malloy added. “Our success proves that, even in tough economic times, South Floridians remain dedicated to socializing, networking and supporting worthwhile causes.”
The group presented the check during the Fairchild Challenge’s annual Launch Brunch for Teachers at FTBG.
The Fairchild Palms will provide the annual “Bootanical Bash” on Oct. 29 at FTBG, an event that more than 300 costumed carousers attended last year.
More information about the Palms and its events is available online at www.fairchildpalms.org or by calling 786-888-1495.

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