On Thursday, October 15, 2015 golfers came out to support Smile Farms' Inaugural Golf Outing in Sands Point, NY. After an exciting day on the course, our guests enjoyed an exceptional dinner and participated in our Silent Auctions, while waiting to hear the day's results. The day consisted of friendly competition and impressive foursomes.
Our emcees for the night, Frank Marzano of GM Advisory Group, Inc., and Jay Scansaroli spoke to the crowd regarding the real reason for their attendance; to shine light on our organization. Frank and Jay spoke about their personal involvement with our non-profit and what steps others can take to get involved.
A common misconception with non-profit organizations is that the only way to contribute is through large monetary donations. Although we will never shy away from any possible funding, we also embrace volunteers who can share their professional expertise and become advocates. We are in the mindset of pooling together our resources and encourage others to do the same! We call for skilled individuals who will help us fill the information gaps and take our aspirations to the next level.
The success of our outing was a result of our guests, staff, corporate and individual sponsors. With their help, a total of $26,000 was raised! The anticipated date for our next golf outing will be Monday, September 26, 2016.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
MORICHES, NEW YORK – On September 18th, 2015, Smile Farms Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and fundraiser in honor of their farm at IGHL (Independent Group Home Living). Smile Farms is proud to employ 35 farmers, 30 of whom are developmentally disabled adults, at the IGHL Moriches location in eastern Long Island. The farm has seventeen greenhouses, a mum field that doubles as a pumpkin patch and a micro-green growing house. Smile Farms was also recently labeled as “Certified American Grown".
Volunteers from all departments of 1-800-Flowers.com came together for this event to give tours, welcome guests, give out gifts, and answer questions about the farm. This time of the year is ideal for visitors to enjoy the greenhouses filled with mums, millet baskets, annual and perennial flowering plants, palms, papaya, ferns, dracaenas, microgreens and more! The event featured a live band, line dancers, a silent art auction, local food, live artists painting on the premise, and overall, a good time. Our visitors also had the opportunity to speak to the farmers and see how passionate they were about their jobs. Some of their responsibilities include mixing soil, potting plants, cleaning the area, helping customers, art projects, maintenance of the greenhouses, and watering plants. It was the perfect way for visitors to see how much the farmers enjoy working, while being able to earn their own paycheck.
However, not all developmentally disabled adults are happily employed and given this opportunity. This mission is what makes Smile Farms such an amazing, inspirational, and important initiative. It’s Smile Farms’ hope that one day we will not have to differentiate between categories of employers. Everyone has their own set of special talents and skills.
Overall, the event was a great success and raised $127,000 that will go towards improvements and additions to the farm! These generous contributions will help create additional greenhouses that will allow for greater production year-round, add vertical hydroponics year round, host nutritional education workshops or unique corporate events, and increase the efficiency of current heating methods to make them as environmentally friendly as possible.
We look forward to seeing at our event next year!