SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Shop the incredible Westerlay Orchids collection on July 12th from 9am-4:30pm to help support local non-profit The 17q12 Foundation. Deeply rooted in the rich horticultural history of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria-based Westerlay Orchids pursues a straightforward mission to cultivate “the most stunning and highest quality orchids.” Now, the third-generation, family-owned business known for producing some of the finest orchids on the Pacific Coast partners with The 17q12 Foundation to gain public awareness of, and provide financial support for, individuals suffering from a rare genetic syndrome.
Founded in 2017, the organization aims to serve the small but growing national community of individuals and families affected by a rare chromosomal disorder. Chromosome 17q12 microdeletion or microduplication syndrome result from missing or duplicate pieces of DNA in a person’s genetic code. Symptoms of these disorders vary but often include intellectual disability, developmental delay, behavioral challenges, and internal organ malformation or malfunction.
The 17q12 Foundation is volunteer-led by a team of four motivated parents and one genetic counselor. Together, the group hopes to maintain an ongoing and accurate registry of individuals affected and fund much-needed research about these syndromes, their causes, and possible effects. The foundation also strives to bring public awareness to a rare genetic anomaly which can drastically affect the lives and longevity of its host.
On Friday, July 12th, Westerlay Orchids joins in the fight, hosting a full-day fundraiser to benefit The 17q12 Foundation. From 9am to 4:30pm, 17% of all Westerlay Orchids retail shop purchases will go toward helping to discover more about chromosome 17q12 microdeletion or microduplication syndrome and funding essential resources for individuals and families seeking assistance in managing the symptoms of these genetic disorders.
Shop the stunning Westerlay Orchids collection, now featuring easy “SmartWick” watering technology, from 9am to 4:30pm on Friday, July 12th at 3504 Via Real in Carpinteria. Learn more about the Westerlay Orchids philosophy and variety of exotic blooms at www.WesterlayOrchids.com. Visit www.Chromo17q12.org to learn more about chromosome 17q12 microdeletion or microduplication syndrome and what The 17q12 Foundation is doing to help. Search #HowWeFly on Instagram to connect with The 17q12 Foundation community.
About Westerlay Orchids:
Based in beautiful Carpinteria, California, Westerlay Orchids is proud to serve as Southern California’s largest commercial grower of Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium orchids. The company annually distributes over 3 million orchids directly to customers and to local and national supermarket chains, as well as florists and designers. Westerlay Orchids has been a pioneer in environmental and sustainability practices and regularly contributes to local schools, nonprofit organizations and many other community causes. Visit www.WesterlayOrchids.com to learn more about the company.