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AIFD planning early for 50th anniversary

A gala celebration of its 50th anniversary is being planned well in advance by the American Institute of Floral Designers, with offices in Baltimore. AIFD was founded by 12 floral designers in 1965, and as part of a two-year celebration the anniversary task force is gathering photos, anecdotes and documents from its history. The event will culminate at the annual AIFD convention held in Denver in July 2015.

The celebration was kicked off during the 2013 National Symposium held in Las Vegas June 28-July 2, where the anniversary logo was unveiled. AIFD will continue to gear up for the big event during the 2014 Symposium Transition Transformation in Chicago, July 3-7, Janet Black and Suzie Kostick, task force chairmen, said in a news release.

Black owns Designs Florist by Janet Black in Bethel, ME. Kostick is a designer, consultant and trainer at The 356 Group in Albuquerque, NM. The task force chairmen are soliciting photos, mementos and memoirs from members and building their record of the association’s 50-year history.

AIFD and its worldwide accredited members are at the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for such renowned events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, Academy Awards and presidential inaugurations.