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Queens Residents Contributing to Leap Year Birthday Wish for Garden Interns

Wednesday February 29, 2012
12 noon to 2:30pm

Darcy Hector – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 330

Flushing, NY – February 21, 2012 – On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Susan Lacerte, Executive Director of Queens Botanical Garden, will celebrate an extraordinary birthday in extraordinary fashion. The Garden will hold a fundraising luncheon on the 29th in honor of Ms. Lacerte’s 14th leap year birthday and her goal of raising over $50,000 to support seasonal interns and QBG volunteer groups.

Ms. Lacerte hopes the fundraising campaign will help provide promising young people with exposure to careers in horticulture, gardening, and the nonprofit sector. Her commitment has already inspired generous contributions from the Queens community. Gina Argento, President and co-owner of film production facility Broadway Stages, was the first supporter to donate a full intern scholarship. “What inspires me,” says Ms. Argento, “is how passionate Susan and her team are to share their knowledge and expertise with the youth of Queens.”

QBG received yet another full scholarship from New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). Joseph Ficalora, President and CEO of NYCB, believes that appeals like Ms. Lacerte’s provide opportunities for the local business community to be responsive to the needs of the surrounding community. “We believe that as good corporate citizens,” says Mr. Ficarola, “we have an obligation to support the people who live here and the organizations that make Queens a great place to be.”

Donations of all sizes for this campaign have been received since mid-January and the Garden looks forward to further support at Ms. Lacerte’s birthday luncheon on February 29th. For more information on Susan Lacerte’s Leap Year Birthday fundraising campaign or to contribute, call Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or email dhector@queensbotanical.org.


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