Donations Pour in for Rutland Blooms

18 April 2013

RUTLAND, Vt. – As dozens of organizations prepare to green up Rutland with millions of flowers this spring, green of a different sort is pouring into a fund set up to support the cause.

Just over a week after the city beautification effort was announced by Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell and Mayor Chris Louras, donations and pledges to Rutland Blooms are nearing $10,000, and a dozen more businesses and organizations have joined the 40 that had signed on when the campaign was announced April 8.

“Rutland Blooms seems to have tapped into a wellspring of community pride and spirit,” said Steve Costello, GMP’s vice president for generation and energy innovation.  “We have received multiple calls about the project every day, with checks arriving daily.”

Cash donations will be used to purchase seeds, plants and bulbs for use at city entranceways, public spaces and non-profit sites.  GMP is also donating millions of flower seeds through local
schools and non-profit groups, and will be planting wildflower gardens at numerous company properties in and around Rutland.

Among other donors are businesses, organizations and individuals.  Skip Pratico, owner of Pratico’s Landscaping & Fence Company in Rutland, is donating a large assortment of plants, shrubs, mulch and labor and will work with the Stafford Technical Center to build a significant new garden at City Hall, which the students have already begun to prepare.  Vermont Country Store donated $1,000 to that project.

“My family has been in the landscaping business since 1950, and we’re proud of Rutland,” Pratico said. “It’s a great place to grow up and live, and we like to support the community.  We love Rutland, and there’s nothing better than flowers to beautify a place.”

Other donors include: All Earth Renewables, Altrui Real Estate, Castleton College, Chris Fucci and Associates, Engineering Services of Vermont, Enman-Kesselring Consulting Engineering, Foley Family of Businesses, Greenscreen Graphics, groSolar, Heritage Family Credit Union, Keyser Energy, Magic Brush Painting, Marble Valley Transit, NBF Architects, NRG Residential Solar, Russell Construction Services, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Same Sun of Vermont, Shearer Honda, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Electric Power Company, and numerous individuals.

Altogether, more than 50 organizations are now involved in the project, which is intended as a grassroots beautification effort.  Each organization will determine its role. Some plan to promote the
effort to members and clients, plant gardens, or give away flowers, bulbs or seeds.

Donations may be sent to: Rutland Blooms, care of Downtown Rutland Partnership, 48 Merchants Row, Rutland, Vt. 05701.  Businesses, clubs and other groups interested in getting involved can
call Chuck Piotrowski at 770-4088.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small company in America.

 Contact: Steve Costello, Green Mountain Power (802) 793-4031