More than 23,000 bouquets will be distributed across Erie County this week.
ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — A colorful sign of spring is popping up in Western New York this week. The 37th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale runs Monday, March 6 through Saturday, March 11.
Volunteers were busy this weekend trimming, cutting, and packaging more than 23,000 spring bouquets which will be distributed to participating businesses, schools, and organizations across Erie County that did pre-sales.
The sale started as a small, grassroots effort, but it’s now the largest annual fundraiser for Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo. They’ve raised $7.1 million since its inception.
“The Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale started in memory of my father-in-law who passed away 38 years ago. My husband had talked to a representative from Hospice, and we own a florist so we thought it would be a nice thing to have a fundraiser for Hospice selling bouquets,” said Cathy McGovern, 2023 chairperson.
McGovern said it’s also a way …