Honor your Mother or Wife this Mother’s Day: Name an Orchid and Support the National Parkinson Foundation

Release date: 3/9/2009


Honor your Mother or Wife this Mother’s Day:
Name an Orchid and Support the National Parkinson Foundation

MIAMI—March 9, 2009—This Mother’s Day, give your mother and/or wife a unique gift—name a new hybrid orchid after her! The National Parkinson Foundation is partnering with Soroa Orchids, one of the premier orchid growers in the world, to auction off the naming rights of a new hybrid orchid. While you honor your mother and/or wife with this gift, you also honor the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Soroa Orchids will display this hybrid orchid at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s “7th Annual International Orchid Festival” in Coral Gables on Friday, March 13 through Sunday March 15, 2009 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The online bidding for the naming rights of the orchid begins at www.parkinson.org on March 9, 2009 at noon (12:00 p.m.) and ends May 9, 2009—the day before Mother’s Day. Your mother/wife could join the ranks of esteemed women who also have orchids named after them: Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Reagan, Martha Stewart and Michelle Obama.

All future progeny of this hybrid orchid have to carry the given name. One lucky winner will immortalize their mother’s/wife’s name and receive a certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in London with the registered name.  This is a unique opportunity—how many people do you know that have an exotic flower named after them?

“This is a very special orchid,” said Jose Exposito, owner of Soroa Orchids in Florida.  “Both parents of this phalaenopsis orchid are hybrids.  The name of the orchid is registered and anyone who uses the orchids for further breeding would have to refer to the orchid’s registered name.  The name lives on forever.”

Recently, many charities and non-profit organizations have auctioned off naming rights to species to raise money for their cause.  Recently, a biologist picked a species of spider to bear Stephen Colbert’s name; Ellen DeGeneres bid on the naming rights to a Bolivian monkey, but lost; and the University of Florida raised more than $40,000 for naming a new species of butterfly after an Ohio grandmother.

About Soroa Orchids:

Soroa Orchids is the recipient of several hundred awards in orchid design and hybridization, and their work has been featured in several international publications including Vogue and Departures magazines. For further information, visit www.soroa.com.

About the National Parkinson Foundation

Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of Parkinson’s care and develop exemplary care for this generation of Parkinson’s patients through research, education and outreach. For more information about Parkinson’s disease or the National Parkinson Foundation, please visit www.parkinson.org or call 800-327-4545.