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First Lady’s Luncheon features American Grown Flowers

The Congressional Club hosted the 106th annual First Lady’s Luncheon on May 15 for nearly 2,000 people at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., and it was the third time that Certified American Grown provided all the flowers for the bipartisan event, according to a press release.

SHORE--KINANNEKelly Shore, owner at Petals by the Shore, and Mary Kate Kinanne, owner at The Local Bouquet, led the design team effort of 32 volunteer designers. Photo credit: Kirstin Smith Photography.First Lady Melania Trump was unable to attend the luncheon because she was admitted to the hospital the day before to undergo a kidney procedure. This was only the second time in history that the luncheon was held without the First Lady, but Second Lady Karen Pence stood in her place.

A team of 32 floral designers, led by Kelly Shore, owner at Petals by the Shore in Washington, D.C. and Mary Kate Kinanne, owner at The Local Bouquet in Little Compton, RI, transformed the ballroom with blooms. Every table centerpiece, the dais, the high tops, the flower wall, the runway and 800 boutonnieres were all American Grown flowers. Over 15,000 stems from farms across the country were sent to Washington, D.C. for the event honoring the First Lady.

“It was an honor to be involved with this year’s luncheon,” said Kelly Shore in the release. “We had an outstanding group of volunteers and I could not be more proud of all that we accomplished on behalf of America’s flower farmers. They sent us some amazing flowers to work with.”

One of the highlights for guests this year was the floral wall and boutonniere bar. Guests stood in line for the opportunity to take a picture in front of the American Grown Flower wall.

“It was an incredible feat,” said Certified American Grown administrator Kasey Cronquist in the release. “From the flowers sent by our farms, the transportation provided by Delaware Valley, the vases from Accent Décor, the amazing volunteer design team; everyone came together to contribute to something beautiful and it really reflects the ‘can do’ of what Americans can accomplish when we are working together.”