DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its continued support for military service members, their families and veterans, premier floral and gifting company FTD® (Nasdaq: FTD) made a $20,000 donation to the United Service Organizations (USO) today. The contribution is part of an ongoing USO campaign encompassing a number of components, including sponsorship of the USO Gala held Oct. 20 and a dedicated USO Collection of bouquets.
"The brave men and women of the military protect our freedoms every day, and FTD is proud to continue our support of the USO which provides them with so many important services and programs they need," said Robert Apatoff, CEO of FTD Companies, Inc. "Providing beautiful artisan-designed flowers, along with financial support to members of the military and their families through the USO, is part of our company-wide effort to support the communities in which we live and operate."
FTD has proudly supported the USO since 2011. The company's multi-faceted USO program is designed to express gratitude to active duty service members in a number of ways:
The USO Collection – Customers who use this link to shop at FTD.com/USO save 20 percent on their purchase, and FTD will donate 5 percent of the purchase price to the USO. The USO Collection from FTD features a variety of fresh bouquets with beautiful red, white and blue blooms.
USO National Gala Sponsorship – FTD donated 100 handcrafted, artisan-designed floral centerpiece arrangements - featuring more than 5,000 flowers - for the USO Gala. The USO's annual event pays special tribute to men and women in uniform. Guests included Washington dignitaries, Members of Congress, military leadership and members of the USO Board of Governors.
Ongoing Donations to the USO – Following the USO Gala, FTD today delivered a $20,000 check to the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda. The center is located on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
FTD also was able to use the flower arrangements from the Gala to create handcrafted bouquets and deliver them to wounded, ill and injured service members and their loved ones at the center. The Bethesda center opened its doors in 2014 to provide a place for USO Warrior and Family Care programs.
"Support from our corporate partners, like FTD, helps the USO continue its care and support for service members and military families," said Kristina Griffin, USO Director of Corporate Alliances. "We are grateful for all that FTD has done for the USO, and are proud to partner with a company that shares our commitment to keep our military connected to their family, home and country throughout their service."
For more information on FTD and to shop the USO Collection of bouquets, please visit www.ftd.com.
About FTD Companies, Inc.
FTD Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of brands, we provide floral and gift products to consumers primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. We also provide floral products and services to retail florists and other retail locations throughout these same geographies. FTD has been delivering flowers since 1910 and the highly-recognized FTD® and Interflora® brands are supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo which is displayed in nearly 40,000 floral shops in approximately 150 countries. In addition to FTD and Interflora, our diversified portfolio of brands includes the following trademarks: ProFlowers®, ProPlants®, Shari's Berries®, Personal Creations®, Cherry Moon Farms®, Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct, Drake Algar, Sincerely™ and Gifts.com™. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, IL. For more information, please visit www.FTDCompanies.com.
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