For the 15th consecutive year, the Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander is selling locally grown poinsettia plants to raise funds for its numerous community projects.
Nancy Frasier, coordinator of the annual Kiwanis poinsettia sale, notes that the club has raised more than $45,000 through the holiday fundraiser, and with the support of the community will substantially add to that total this year. “Again this year, the plants, which have a retail value of $25, will be sold for $16 each and are available from any Kiwanis Club member,” Frasier said. “All of the plants are grown locally in Rhinelander by Forth Floral. When you buy a holiday poinsettia from us, not only do you get a fresh, vibrant plant, but you support local businesses and the youth of our community.”
Forth Floral’s Henning Hempel explained that poinsettias grown outside of Rhinelander and shipped to local retail stores for the holidays often suffer stress and are damaged during shipment.
Frasier added that by purchasing plants grown locally, all of the money stays in the Rhinelander community and the profits support local youth groups and projects funded by the Kiwanis Club.
Through the years, the poinsettia sale has helped fund community projects spearheaded by Kiwanis including the new outdoor, lighted basketball court at Central School, the playground equipment at Pioneer park and the hiking/cross country ski trail at the YMCA. Additionally, Kiwanis donates thousands of dollars each year to dozens of youth groups in the community as well as funding two annual college scholarships for graduating Rhinelander High School students.
Kiwanis members will be taking orders for holiday poinsettias from local businesses and individuals through Nov. 28. The poinsettias can be delivered to people and businesses that purchase plants by a Kiwanis member or can be picked up at Frasier Kitchens at 130 N. Brown St. in downtown Rhinelander on Thursday, Nov. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday. Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To order plants, contact any Kiwanis member or call JoAnn Young-Beauchamp at (715) 369-3000, ext. 603, or Nancy Frasier at (715) 365-3338.