Whole Foods Market/Wellington to Host 5% Community Giving Day for Mounts Botanical Garden 9/19

Mounts Botanical Garden to Benefit from 5% Community Giving Day at Whole Foods Market / Wellington – September 19
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Sept. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- (West Palm Beach, FL – September 12, 2012) Mounts Botanical Garden, the go to source for gardening information in South Florida, has been selected by Whole Foods Market / Wellington to benefit from the store’s next 5% Community Giving Day.

On Wednesday, September 19, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., customers at Whole Foods Market / Wellington are urged to “shop for a cause!” The popular retailer is donating 5% of the day’s net sales to Mounts Botanical Garden.

Located at 2635 State Road 7, Whole Foods Market / Wellington will feature information about Mounts Botanical Garden at a special table at the front of the store. In addition, the first 200 customers who stop by the Mounts table will receive a free copy of the Garden’s glossy, full-color magazine The Leaflet, which is filled with valuable information about gardening in South Florida.

“At Whole Foods Market, we are active participants in our community.  We are extremely proud of our community involvement and the relationships we continue to make each quarter.  We strive to make a difference,” said Lauren Belinsky, the store’s Marketing Team Leader.

“Our Community 5% Days are one meaningful way we give back to our community.  On designated days throughout the year, a total of 5% of the day’s net sales are donated to local non-profit organizations.  Guests help support selected organizations just by shopping on those 5% Days,” she added.

Allen Sistrunk, Garden Director at Mounts Botanical Garden, praised Whole Foods Market / Wellington for its “generous and ongoing support,” which started with the retailer’s support of the Garden’s Tropical Fruit Festival last June.

About Whole Foods Market®:
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ- WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 69,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

About Mounts Botanical Garden:
Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden.  Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more. As a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, and through its affiliation with the University of Florida IFAS, Mounts is the place to connect with Extension Horticulturists, Master Gardeners, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program, and professional horticultural advisors. Mounts also offers a variety of horticultural classes, and garden-related events and workshops.

Located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Mounts Botanical Garden is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The suggested donation for entry to the Garden is $5 per person. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit www.mounts.org.

Available for Interview:
Allen Sistrunk, Garden Director
Mounts Botanical Garden

Lauren Belinsky, Marketing Team Leader
Whole Foods Market / Wellington

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