To the Editor:
Thanks to the generosity of Islanders, more than 1,100 bunches of daffodils were purchased this year, to benefit the American Cancer Society, raising more than $11,000. Donations were also made to provide bouquets to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, each town’s senior center and to Island nursing homes — bringing smiles to all who encountered their cheerful announcement of spring.
This fundraising effort has helped give assistance and hope to the many who are battling cancer, and funded research that will someday (very soon, we hope) win the fight against it. We are very proud to be part of such a caring community.
There are many faithful volunteers who work behind the scenes to ensure the success of this campaign. We are indebted to the people who sell and deliver the bouquets in each town: Pat and Kerry Alley, David Cron, Debbie and Eric Magnuson, Jacquie Renear, Joyce Stiles Tucker, Penny Uhlendorf, Susie Wallo, Marilyn and Dennis Wortman, and Jim Tuck.
In addition, we thank the volunteers in each bank, store, school, office and town hall who collect the orders within their buildings, to the Steamship Authority for transporting the flowers, and to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Cronig’s, Tony’s Market, and the Edgartown Stop & Shop for allowing bouquets to be sold on their premises, and to the Island press (both printed and airwaves) who gave great coverage to the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. These individuals and organizations are all vital to the effort and deserve much of the credit for its success.
Our heartfelt gratitude to you all.