The Olive Challenge–UPDATE!


In our 2015 November year end giving letter we announced the new initiative to beautify the Olive Boulevard corridor and look what we have been able to do with your help!Mayor Welsch and UCB staff & volunteers

 Last week, Mayor Shelley Welsch, along with U City in BloomExecutive Director, Judy Prange, UCB Board President, Jack Breier, and UCB staff and volunteers gathered to celebrate the success of the “Olive Challenge,” which reached its fundraising goal this week. Unfortunately for the humans, it was pouring for the scheduled “photo-op,” but the new planters along the western portion of Olive Boulevard were loving it.Olive Blvd Planter in the rain

Our thanks to Nancy and Mike Georgen, U City residents, who donated $10,000 to place additional planters at bus shelters and challenged us to match their gift. We did it –We met the challenge and raised $10,640 – with the help of so many of you. Thank you all so much!

This matching grant continues the beautification project that was initially started with EDRST funding. Mike Georgen’s family has lived in U City since the 1880’s. He and Nancy are committed to helping make this project a success.

U City in Bloom will continue to add planters annually thanks to this funding. The plan is to continue the planters along Olive all the way to the city limit at Skinker.

This successful project is a perfect example of the phenomenal private-public partnership U City in Bloom has with the city of University City and our residents.

Watch for more planters and even more ‘beautification efforts in the future!

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