IN 2005, MY SISTER, Theresa, and I
opened All Seasons Floral Preservation
we press, preserve and create custom-
designed framed ;oral art with wedding
and other special-occasion ;owers.
Theresa is a pressed-;ower artist and
I do all of the customer service and
marketing for our company. The Costco
Photo Center has become an integral
part of running our business.
• When we receive a bouquet or
arrangement for pressing, we take
photos from several different angles to
document what the ;owers looked like
upon arrival. Next, the bouquet and its
;owers are taken apart and carefully
pressed. Theresa then reassembles the
;owers and creates the ;oral design
using the photos as a guide.
• Often, clients choose to have a
photo included with the ;owers in the
design. They can just email me the photo
and I send it off to Costco for printing.
• Once the artwork is completed, we
take a ;nished photo to send along to the
;orist who created the original bouquet
or arrangement. The ;orists love seeing
how their ;oral design has become a
work of art their client can enjoy forever.
I can’t imagine how cumbersome
this aspect of our work would be without
the great service of the Photo Center:
The photos are high quality, the
customer service is great and the price
can’t be beat.—Mary Beth Lopresti
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86 ;e Costco Connection DECEMBER 2011
FIVE YEARS AGO, Costco member Karen
Conroy, then 40, walked the Susan G. Komen
3-Day for the Cure for her sister, who was
diagnosed with breast cancer. Seeing a great
need for a fundraising alternative to aid those
unable to raise the $2,300 fee, she founded
Fundraising For a Cause ( www.fundraising
foracause.com) to let people purchase, at
wholesale prices, items such as pink bracelets, coffee cups, buttons, etc. that they could
then sell at a pro;t to fund their charity.
She notes, “It’s hard for people to write
a $20 check, but they will give $20 for a
bracelet that cost you $4.”
What started as a home operation, with
15 pink-ribbon items, is now a full-;edged
warehouse-run business with 10 employees,
products representing more than 300
causes and clients as far away as Australia
then sell at a pro;t to fund their charity.
The website receives
about 2,500 hits per day ( 5,000
during Breast Cancer Awareness
Month). Along with products
offered at wholesale prices for
resale, the site also features
a retail section for people who
want to buy a single item. Conroy
publishes a sliding scale on her website’s
wholesale pages to demonstrate to customers
what they could make purchasing fundraising
items in bulk.
Additionally, proceeds from the retail
store are donated to various charities.
And through January, Conroy has a
special promotion for Costco members. “At
checkout, if members put in the word ‘Costco’
in the discount coupon code ;eld, 15 percent
will be taken off their entire order—regardless
of how much they order.”—Krista Fisher
Month). Along with products ,
Justice gets her due WASHINGTON STATE Department of Transportation workers and Costco members Terry Kukes and Harry Nelson were working a routine shi; when they received a frantic call. A 6-year-old girl, Justice Wadsworth, had lost her stu;ed bear on Interstate 90, somewhere between eastern and western Washington, when the family had pulled over for a rest. ;is wasn’t just any stu;ed animal. Justice’s father, who serves in the military, had given it to her when she was 2, just before he was deployed to Afghanistan. ;e bear was their bond. ;e two veteran highway workers determined Daddy Bear had to have been lost between mileposts 93 and 101. About an hour later, they found it in bushes just o; the shoulder. When their work shi; ended, Kukes and Nelson drove to Sedro-Woolley, Washington, a trip of almost four hours, to bring Daddy Bear home to Justice. “What they did was absolutely awesome,” says Patty Sweeney, Justice’s grandmother. “;ey certainly didn’t have to go out and take their time to look for a teddy bear, of all things. To them it could have been something that could easily be replaced. But to Justice, it couldn’t be replaced.”—Steve Fisher Justice Wadsworth