Westerlay Orchids Donates $18,000 to Carpinteria Students

Source: Westerlay Orchids

Carrying on a rich tradition of community outreach and support, Westerlay Orchids announces $18,353.53 raised during week-long Carp-a-Cabana fundraiser. The second-generation, family-owned business – best known for producing some of the finest flowers on the Pacific Coast – pledged a full 100% of retail shop proceeds to help support local non-profit the Carpinteria Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF). With a recent history that includes donations to local non-profits like the Cancer Research Center of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria’s own 17q12 Foundation, the team at Westerlay Orchids continues a commitment to helping build and grow essential Santa Barbara resources.

The team at Westerlay Orchids is led by second-generation flower cultivator and Owner/ President Toine Overgaag, who believes the company’s responsibility to community does not start and stop at the greenhouse door. “Along with a deep commitment to environmental sustainability, we pride ourselves on impactful community outreach,” explains Overgaag, “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 Santa Barbara’s next generation gets the support and resources they need to make an impact.”

During the Carp-a-Cabana fundraiser from August 30th to September 6th, Westerlay Orchids raised $18,000 toward the advancement and growth of CEF. For more than 25 years, the locally-based organization 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 Santa Barbara’s future by offering students skill-building in such areas as science and technology, language arts, humanities, culinary arts, and agriculture. 

“We are so fortunate to have Toine and Kandie Overgaag’s support yet again. Their contribution will have a direct impact on the lives and educational opportunities of each and every student of the Carpinteria Unified School District. Their generosity has enabled students to study arts and (STEM/STEAM) at our local elementary which would otherwise not have been available to them. CEF is honored to have their support and the children of this community are better for it,” shares Casey Balch, Carpinteria Education Foundation President. 

Westerlay Orchids thanks the community for their continued support and invites shoppers to stop by their retail shop and experience the stunning array of blooms – now featuring innovative SmartWick self-watering technology – at 3504 Via Real in Carpinteria. Discover the full collection of Westerlay’s world-class orchids, plus the debut of new cascading and bramble orchid arrangements, at booth #136 of the upcoming annual PMA Fresh Summit Conference and Expo, October 17-19 in Anaheim, California. Learn more about the distinctive Westerlay Orchids philosophy of environmental sustainability and community outreach at www.WesterlayOrchids.com.

About Westerlay Orchids:
Based in beautiful Carpinteria, California, Westerlay Orchids is proud to serve as Southern California’s largest commercial orchid grower. The company annually distributes over 3 million orchids directly to customers and to local and national supermarket chains, as well as florists and designers. Westerlay Orchids has been a pioneer in environmental and sustainability practices and regularly contributes to local schools, nonprofit organizations, and many other community causes. Visit www.WesterlayOrchids.com to learn more about the company.


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