Philanthropy

The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to stimulate interest, provide education and enable exchange of information among those interested in the culture of orchids in all its aspects. We try to have the best plants, the best speakers, the best meetings, the best trips and parties, and the most fun of any orchid society. Funds that we raise through our show and auction are put to use first for the benefit of our members. From time to time the Board of Trustees is also able to make contributions to worthwhile causes. Over the years we have made many such contributions.

  • Scholarships and education

1996 – $500 scholarship to Phillip Hamilton, for the study of orchids at University of Florida

1998 – $500 scholarship to Phillip Hamilton, for the study of orchids at University of Florida

2011 – $5,000 donation to scholarship fund at Cardinal Gibbons High School

2012 – $360 donation to Bonnett House School Program

2015 – 100 Encyclia tampensis given away as part of Broward 100 celebration

2015 – $1000 to Friends of the Fakahatchee

2016 – AOS Student Judge Scholarship Awarded to Joan Connors

2017 – AOS Student Judge Scholarship Awarded to Sandi Block-Brezner, Tony Millet

  • American Orchid Society

1996 – $100 for Benjamin Kodama Dendrobium Alliance Award

1997 – pledged $75,000 over five years supporting reading room and fountain

1998 – $100 for Benjamin Kodama Dendrobium Alliance Award

2000 – $50 for Benjamin Kodama Dendrobium Alliance Award

2011 – $1,000 Henley Honorarium

2017 – $500 for Mary and Paul Storm Schomburgkia Hybrid Annual Trophy

  • West Palm Beach Judging Center

1995 – $1000

1997 – $1000

1999 – $1000

2015 – $1000

2016 – $1000

2017 – $1000 

  • Marie Selby Botanical Garden

1995 – $250 (speaker donation)

1997 – $100 (speaker donation)

2010 – $25,000 FLOS sponsored a new orchid alcove inside the Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory.  The orchid alcove, located directly across from the Conservatory’s revolving door, highlights the tremendous diversity of the orchid family (which includes more than 25,000 distinct species excluding hybrids) with a continuously changing display from Selby Gardens’ seven greenhouses. FLOS members were invited for an opening celebration which we incorporated into a west coast ramble. We enjoyed tours of the gardens and their private orchid work areas; we listened to a lecture by the scientists doing research into orchid conservation and propagation; and finally we enjoyed an appreciative  luncheon hosted by the Garden. Marie Selby Press Release

  • Broward County Library

2013 – $15,000 The Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society made a donation to the Broward County Library system for the purchase of orchid-related materials. The funds will be used over a three year period to acquire books, ebooks, videos, software, and other orchid-related material that would be of interest to residents of Broward County. A bookplate in each purchased item commemorates the donation and provides information about FLOS.

  • Memorials

1995 – $50 to AOS in memory of Bill Carter

1997 – $50 to AOS in memory of Jack Cavell

1997 – $50 to AOS in memory of Sara Julia Little

1998 – $100 to AOS in memory of Marian Sheehan

2011 – $500 to AOS in memory of Sylvia Hill

2011 – $500 to Bonnet House in honor of Polly Fletcher

2012 – $100 to AOS in memory of Dave Levine

2015 – $250 to AOS in memory of Barbara Ansely

  • Bonnet House

2015 – $6250 to support equipment needs and orchid house renovations           

  • Flamingo Gardens

2017 – $10,000 contribution towards wetlands and native orchids restoration project                                                    

  • AOS                                                                                                                                        

2017 – $500 to support the Paul and Mary Storm Award.

  • Bonnet House

2017 – $500 for their Hurricane Irma recovery and clean up funds.

2017 – $500 for Commemorative Coral Stone in honor of our Diamond Jubilee Celebration.