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Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392
LEXUS OF KENDALL AND KENDALL TOYOTA DONATE MINIVAN
TO FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Coral Gables, FL, October 4, 2015 – On Wednesday, September 30, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden staff and students of its BioTECH @ Richmond Heights High School botany magnet joined Kendall Toyota and Lexus of Kendall staff for the unveiling of a generously donated Toyota Sienna minivan.
The vehicle was donated to help Fairchild with its environmental outreach initiatives. As part of its education programs, Fairchild staff members often travel to schools, bringing their garden activities straight to the classroom to make learning more accessible. They also travel back and forth between the BioTECH campus in Richmond Heights and Fairchild’s Coral Gables location. The Toyota Sienna will help them transport the necessary educational materials to students and teachers who may not be able to visit Fairchild directly.
The unveiling, which took place in the picturesque Bailey Palm Glade, was led by Chris Roberts, President, and Lori Bean, Owner of Kendall Toyota and Lexus of Kendall. In attendance to receive the donation were Fairchild’s Director of Education Amy Padolf, Director of Corporate Affairs Leslie Bowe, Chief Operating Officer Nannette Zapata, BioTECH Teacher Thad Foote, and BioTECH students visiting Fairchild to conduct field research.
“We understand what education is to all of us,” Chris Roberts said at the ceremony. “This is a small token of appreciation for what you all do.”
Fairchild expressed gratitude for the contribution. “Organizations thrive on great partnerships,” said Nannette Zapata.
The generous and continuing support of donors, companies, and corporations is essential to operate and maintain Fairchild’s work in conservation, science, and education. If you are interested in supporting Fairchild, please contact Leslie Bowe at 305-667-1651, ext. 3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more.