January 22, 2014
Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM EDT
Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) - Cathy McGovern Is in the flower business.
“My husband and I have owned a florist for 33 years now,” McGovern said.
McGovern owns Trillium’s Courtyard Florist. There was a challenging event that she and her family faced, which turned her business into something more.
“My husbands father was in the hospice program and passed away. We were so impress by the care that hospice gave us,” McGovern said.
Hospice was such a help to her family that she and her husband decided to start a flower sale to raise money for the organization.
“So I called 16 florists and we got together and raised funds and we've been doing it ever since. That was 28 years ago,” McGovern
Tuesday, Hospice kicked off their 28th Annual Flower Bouquet sale. Those with the organization said it is their biggest moneymaker of the year.
“We are having a breakfast for all the coordinators from businesses and schools who are here today to kick off the bouquet sale,” President of the Hospice Foundation of Western New York Patrick Flynn said.
There will also be a public sale for these flowers March 3rd through the 8th long time Board Member Buford Sears said it is an honor to be a part of this organizations and the flower sale.
“Hospice provides such incredible, compassionate care to people every single day,” Sears said.
They said Hospice is not only about the people facing illness but also their families.
“Hospice care is more than just taking care of the patient. It's taking care of everything in the patients life, their family, family members, offering guidance in some ways,” McGovern said.
McGovern agrees flowers are the perfect way to give back to hospice, giving families like hers hope at very difficult time.
“Flowers make such a difference in people's lives this time of year. It has been so well received in the Erie County area,” McGovern said.