In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the American Floral Endowment transformed their Annual Fundraising Dinner into a Virtual Mask-erade, which featured a photo contest sponsored by Rio Roses. The contest ran from August until mid-September and encouraged participants to use their Giving to Grow event mask to design their own mask-erade look. The best mask-erade photo wins 50 stems of Rio Roses sent to them monthly for an entire year starting this month!
Out of over 90 entries, Cactus Flower Florists in Scottsdale, Arizona won and will be receiving free roses for a YEAR! Rio Roses conducted scoring based on design technique/creativity, uniqueness, and location/background.
Presenting the winning mask-erade look is Cactus Flower’s mask model and Event Designer, Jackie Lee:
The American Floral Endowment’s Manager of Communications and Outreach, Karin Krause, spoke with some of the Cactus Flower Florists’ team, President & Owner, Eric Luoma, and Head Designer, Phil Dickinson, to learn a bit more about why he supported the Giving to Grow Virtual Mask-erade, what inspired the winning mask-erade design, and get a better understanding of Cactus Flower’s background.