Random Acts of Flowers CEO Larsen Jay, center, at the grand re-opening of Random Acts of Flowers.                       Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

After celebrating the grand opening of its Evanston branch, Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) continued its rapid growth expanding to a larger workshop, just next to its original space at 2000 Greenleaf St. With a grand re-opening celebration, the non-profit held a vase drive for the Chicago area on Aug. 5, seeking to recycle 100,000 vases nationwide.

“The response to the opening of our Chicago branch has been tremendous,” said Larsen Jay, RAF’s founder and CEO.

“The people of Chicago and the surrounding communities have truly embraced our mission and have helped us deliver more smiles and bouquets of flowers than we ever could have imagined in our first six months.”

The new facility is twice the size of the old workspace and includes a private gated entrance, loading ramp and a designated parking area. The space will allow RAF to host larger volunteer groups and corporate team-building events as they create and deliver more bouquets and smiles to neighbors in healthcare facilities.

Thanks to the event the 100,000 recycled vases nationwide milestone was reached and exceeded. Every donated vase represents a neighbor RAF will serve in the healthcare community, Mr. Jay said.