Carrying on a rich tradition of community outreach and support, Westerlay Orchids announced that the company’s fourth annual week-long fundraiser for Carpinteria Education Foundation Inc. (CEF) has surpassed last year’s figure by raising $23,819 for local students.
Westerlay owner and president Toine Overgaag noted the company’s responsibility to the community goes beyond the greenhouse doors: “We would not be where we are today without a strong local network behind us. This community’s success is our success. We both grow and thrive when we work together, and CEF is doing a great deal to ensure that Carpinteria’s next generation gets the support and resources they need during this extremely tough time.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to fund local hotspots, internet access and technology for CUSD families in need.
During the fundraiser, the family-owned flower business pledged to donate 100 percent of retail shop proceeds from Aug. 31 through Sept. 5 to CEF with funds earmarked for technology required for successful distanced learning. Westerlay hopes that these need-based resources will help to bridge the digital divide and allow students to participate in online learning with their peers.
For more than 25 years, CEF has remained dedicated to the academic success of Carpinteria and Summerland students. The non-profit partners with local schools to provide scholarship opportunities and other essential resources to the city’s youth. CEF also helps shape the Carpinteria Valley’s future by offering students skill-building in such areas as science and technology, language arts, humanities, culinary arts and agriculture.