Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00
This month, the Glen Cove Beautification Commission joined with Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. in planting thousands of pink tulip bulbs throughout the city. Councilman Tony Jimenez and the Beautification Commission met with dozens of volunteers from both organizations as well as students from the High School DECA group who turned out to lend a hand in providing a visible reminder that early detection is the best defense against cancer.
This health and awareness project, Gardens of Hope, was conceived by the late Terry Petikas, founder of Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S., who enlisted the support of the Beautification Commission several years ago. Since then, Gardens of Hope has become an annual community event. The bulbs are planted each fall so that when the pink tulips bloom in the spring, the community is reminded of the friends and family members lost to this incurable disease.
Mayor Suozzi said, “Our community appreciates the efforts of Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. and the Beautification Commission for conducting this community-wide awareness project each year. The tulips are a wonderful reminder of the importance of cancer awareness and I thank all of the volunteers for turning out to help this cause.”
Heartfelt thanks to Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. members Maryanne Driscoll, Lois Cavallo, Lorri Prince, Jenny Rubin and Maureen Basdavanos who helped to coordinate the day of the planting with Beautification and for arranging for tulip bulbs to be donated and delivered to the local schools for planting in their own Gardens of Hope.
Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. offers thanks to all those who gave generously of their time to help with this worthy cause. Special thanks to Landing Bakery for their generous donation of delicious baked goods, and to Damion Stavredes of the Glen Cove Beautification Commission, who worked so hard to coordinate this event and get people involved.