FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
New PLANET AEF Ambassadors Announced
HERNDON, Va., Feb. 7, 2013 — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is pleased to announce that three companies recently became PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) Ambassadors by pledging $25,000 donations to the Foundation, which awards scholarships to students enrolled in landscape contracting and/or horticulture programs at two-year or four-year colleges and universities.
Following are the newest PLANET AEF Ambassadors:
- Miles and Lisa Kuperus, Farmside Landscape & Design, Wantage, N.J.
- Chris Angelo, Stay Green Inc., Santa Clarita, Calif.
- Bruce and Gail Wilson, the Wilson-Oyler Group, Santa Rosa, Calif.
In addition, David Minor, a Founding Ambassador and current PLANET AEF board member, has pledged an additional $25,000, elevating him to the Platinum Ambassador level. The name of his scholarship, which now includes his business partners, has been changed to the Landscape Partners and David Minor.
“On behalf of PLANET AEF, I want to thank our newest ambassador companies for their generous support of the next generation of green industry leaders and for helping us to reach further milestones to achieve our ‘5-by-5’ initiative,” said Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, PLANET AEF president.
The ‘5-by-5’ initiative, launched in spring 2011, was developed by the PLANET AEF Board of Directors to help raise the fund balance from $2 million to $5 million over the course of five years. Today, the fund has grown to $3.1 million.
About PLANET AEF:
PLANET AEF was formed in 1998 to promote and advance the lawn care and landscape services industry by supporting academic excellence. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation relies on tax-deductible donations and long-term pledges from individuals, corporations, organizations, and estates. Since its inception in 1998, the PLANET AEF, formerly the ALCA Educational Foundation, has awarded $730,000 in scholarship to 718 students.
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.