Through its fifth annual Spring Fern Sale, the Cartersville Service League continues to generate essential funding for Bartow County organizations.
“I have worked on the Fern Sale since joining CSL in 2016,” said CSL member Abbey Culverhouse, who is co-chairing the event with Lori Shook. “I enjoy being a part of an organization that gives time and money to many organizations that benefit local children.
“People like to be able to help local organizations while also getting beautiful plants. We have many repeat customers who appreciate the great quality of these plants and are happy to give back to the community.”
The sale features a 10-inch hanging Boston fern and a 2-gallon sword fern, with both specimens costing $16 apiece. Orders may be placed through March 30, and plants will be delivered to area residents April 16. Half of each customer’s entire order is tax-deductible.
“I feel like our community loves being part of this benefit,” Shook said. “Being able to give back to their community and receive beautiful ferns is a win-win for all. Last year, the fern sale raised over $8,200.”
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of 34 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and annually volunteer at least 60 hours.
“Combining proceeds from our fundraising efforts, CSL disburses grants to organizations in Bartow County every spring,” CSL President Brittney Pogue said. “Last April, the league awarded more than $47,000 to 34 deserving grant proposals across Bartow County, including eight scholarships to deserving Bartow students to help them attain their educational goals.
“The mission of the Cartersville Service League is to foster and promote involvement in and support for the social, economic, educational, cultural and civic organizations of Bartow County. Our members are committed to fulfilling our mission and making a difference in our community. Every fern purchased through CSL helps support Bartow children and families that need us the most while providing beautiful plants for your home or business.”
As Pogue noted, the CSL was able to provide financial assistance last year to numerous local organizations, including — Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas Coalition, Bartow Education Foundation, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Bartow History Museum, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Bartow County Library System, Bartow Literacy Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Cartersville Medical Center Project SEARCH, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Hands of Christ, The Guardian Angels Program, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Mentor Bartow, REACH Georgia Bartow County, Bartow County Shop With a Hero, Steps of Faith Dance Company scholarships, The Bookmobile, Tranquility House, Cartersville Schools Foundation’s Mentor Canes, Footprints on the Heart, Hickory Log Vocational School and The Hope Center Foundation.
For more information about the CSL, visit the organization’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CartersvilleServiceLeagueSince1941. To place a fern order, contact Kathy Hall at 770-548-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.