Warren Garden Club member Pat Brown with a wreath decorated at the David Kutchey Family Market on Ryan Road this month. Kutchey provided space for club members to decorate wreaths ahead of their annual  fundraiser

Warren Garden Club member Pat Brown with a wreath decorated at the David Kutchey Family Market on Ryan Road this month. Kutchey provided space for club members to decorate wreaths ahead of their annual fundraiser

Photo by Madelyn Zamora


Local business helps make Warren Garden Club’s fundraiser happen

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 19, 2020

 Lurline Sears and Madelyn Zamora  of the Warren Garden Club showcase one of the  decorated wreaths. Club members decorated  122 wreaths in November this year.

Lurline Sears and Madelyn Zamora of the Warren Garden Club showcase one of the decorated wreaths. Club members decorated 122 wreaths in November this year.

Photo by Madelyn Zamora

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WARREN — The Warren Garden Club’s wreath-decorating fundraiser is wrapped in tradition.

For decades, the club, a branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association, has used the money generated through the sale of decorated wreaths to fund a scholarship program that now offers annual awards of $750 to two Warren area high school students.

The transition is alive and well despite the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the club’s dedicated volunteers and a Warren business owner with enough available space to help them keep the activity safe in 2020.

Madelyn Zamora, the club’s publicity chair, said the wreaths were decorated for years in the basement of a member’s home.  When that space wasn’t available last year, David Kutchey, owner of the David Kutchey Family Market on Ryan Road, north of 11 Mile Road, accommodated the group inside of his store at the property.

This year, Kutchey offered a much larger space at the back of the building, where the decorating took place in early November.

“We have nine tables. We are wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart,” said Paula O’Brien, the club’s president. “I’m really happy we were able to do this. We’re hopeful that in 2021 we’ll be able to get back on track.

“Dave’s been great. We appreciate his hospitality,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said the club made 122 wreaths this year to help fund the Warren Garden Club’s scholarship program.

“They were extremely kind and they gave me a little gift, which they didn’t have to do,” Kutchey said of the Garden Club’s members. “They cleaned everything up and left it cleaner than it was when they got here. They’re just wonderful. I’m happy I have the space to be able to provide for the people in the community to use. I’m happy to help any club in the community.”

Zamora said the preordered wreaths were delivered the week of Nov. 9.

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