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WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM'S idea to help school children cope with stresses through flowers won a $50,000 prize in the United Way of Rhode Island’s and Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab. From left, Emily Lucas, Family Service of Rhode Island’s AmeriCorps site supervisor; Samantha Stringfellow Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, assistant vice principal; Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm executive director; Joyce Leven, FSRI community development director; Harley Van Dunk, Fogarty school counselor; and Matthew Lemay, FSRI AmeriCorps team leader, helped deliver flowers to Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. / COURTESY WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM

What Cheer’s flower school education idea wins $50K in Nonprofit Innovation...

PROVIDENCE – More often than not, Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm’s executive director, would be out and about delivering flowers to help needy...
ALL GROWN UP: Krystal Kraczkowski, a grower at What Cheer Flower Farm in Providence, gathers fresh flowers from the nonprofit’s garden. /PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

What Cheer Flower Farm brings cheer to the community

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Excellence at a Woman/Minority-Owned Business: What Cheer Flower Farm THE TRIO OF Shelby Doggett, Anne Holland and Marian Purviance had...
DR. JAMES E. FANALE, CEO and president of Care New England Health Systems, received the Business Leadership award, and Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, received the Corporate Citizenship award Wednesday in Providence Business News' 2020 Business Excellence Awards program. / PBN PHOTO/RUIPERT WHITELEY / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

Fanale, Keck lead honorees in PBN’s 2020 Business Excellence Awards program

PROVIDENCE – Dr. James E. Fanale wakes up everyday looking forward to his life’s work, which is to take care of people. The CEO and...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has named 15 honorees for its 2020 Business Excellence Awards program.

Fanale, Keck lead honorees in PBN’s 2020 Business Excellence Awards

PROVIDENCE – Dr. James E. Fanale, the CEO and president of Care New England Health System, will be honored for Business Leadership in Providence...

Five Questions With: Shelby Doggett

Shelby Doggett is a founder of What Cheer Flower Farm in Providence, a nonprofit established in 2018 that turned the former Colonial Knife property,...
BRINGING JOY: What Cheer Flower Farm distributes bouquets to residents of nursing homes, elderly day centers and other institutional customers. From left, co-founders Marian Purviance and Shelby Doggett.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hope grows where debris flourished

An urban farm isn’t easy to pull off, but the founders of What Cheer Flower Farm transformed a debris-filled lot in Providence to a...
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has named the 14 social ventures that are taking part in its 2018 SEG Impact Accelerator.

SEG Impact Accelerator announces 2018 cohort

PROVIDENCE – Fourteen social enterprise participants will comprise the 2018 Social Enterprise Greenhouse Impact Accelerator cohort, which begins on Jan. 23, SEG announced this...
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