TELEFLORA PRESENTS MILLION DOLLAR SWEEPSTAKES WINNER JIMMIE JARRELL WITH HER FINAL CHECK
LOS ANGELES (August 3, 2007) – Teleflora, the world’s leading floral service, presented Teleflora member florist, Jimmie Jarrell of “Flowers by Georgia,” in Picayune, Mississippi her final check for $50,000 as a part of her million dollar winnings from the American Floral Services (AFS) Million Dollar Sweepstakes. For the past 20 years, Jarrell has received a check every August for $50,000 and Teleflora became a part of that tradition when it acquired AFS in 2000.
“Teleflora is proud to be a part of this celebration,” said Tom Butler, Chairman, Teleflora. “Jimmie and her floral shop, Flowers by Georgia, is an integral part of the Teleflora network and we are excited to present her with a million dollars.”
In 1987, more than 5,000 florists attended the floral industry’s largest convention ever, held by AFS in Las Vegas. The convention brought an end to AFS’ three year promotion, the AFS Million Dollar Sweepstakes where florists received “puzzle pieces” for AFS orders sent. Prior to the convention, AFS released a newsletter that announced the winning puzzle pieces that ultimately determined the 50 finalists. On the night of August 4, 1987 Jarrell’s name was randomly drawn as the winner.
“Winning a million dollars gave me the chance to provide for my family in ways I wouldn’t have been able to; I was able to make improvements to my home and flower shop when necessary and help my children when they needed it,” said Teleflora Florist, Jimmie Jarrell. “The local community has been supportive of my business over the years, and providing financial support through my church and helping to develop a new building for the volunteer fire department has been rewarding.”
Teleflora is the world’s leading floral service offering the best choice in floral arrangements and convenient local delivery. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has approximately 25,000 member florists throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America. Teleflora offers industry-leading floral arrangements and gifts, technology, marketing and education services. Teleflora also provides its extensive member florists’ network with online support through www.eflorist.com and www.findaflorist.com