Bristol Blooms, a committee of Bristol residents and gardeners, recently hosted its first “Bloomraising” event, which earned more than $4,000 towards its annual goal of $30,000 to support downtown beautification efforts in Bristol.
Approximately 100 guests attended the event to support the group’s goal to hang blooming flower baskets on street lanterns throughout Bristol’s historic downtown. The event also recognized honorary chairs: Joan Brito, Ann DeLeo, Ed Castro and Don Fales
“I think the most important thing is to thank people for all the cooperation they gave us. The first goal was to get the hanging baskets organized and implemented and the next goal was to honor local gardeners who deserved recognition. They continually added to the community spirit of beautification in the town of Bristol,” said Jackie Cranwell, who leads the group. “The next thing is to ask people for more support.”
Eight baskets were hung on the corners of State and Hope streets in the downtown business area of Bristol earlier this year. Approximately $11,500 has been raised so far. The group hopes to hang 120 baskets for the 2014 season. •