WJCT Interview: Derby Watch party will raise funds to plant trees, grow community

From WJCT News 89.9 FM:

“Fans of the Kentucky Derby know the big race is always run the first Saturday in May.  You can enjoy the fun of the Derby and go green at the same time next month at Greenscape of Jacksonville’s Root Ball.”

Greenscape Executive Director Lisa Grubba was interviewed by journalist Melissa Ross on WJCT’s First Coast Connect recently. Grubba and Debbie Early, of co-host Late Bloomers Garden Club, provided all the exciting details.  Listen to the segment by clicking the audio bar.

This year’s theme is “Ante Up for Derby Day,” a Kentucky Derby watch party with casino games, a bourbon bar, Southern fare and an auction.  It’s fun with a purpose – to raise funds to plant and care for trees in fast-growing Florida.

Planting trees provides shade in the hot, and getting hotter, parts of the River City and also prevents storm water from entering area rivers.  In the next 75 years, the 100 trees Greenscape and its amazing volunteers planted in the McGirts Creek watershed will intercept 3 million gallons of storm water, and that’s a direct benefit to our waterways that taxpayers won’t have to provide through drainage systems and clean ups.  But equally important is the human connection Greenscape makes through its volunteer events, especially in lower income parts of town, said Grubba.  That’s the driver behind Florida’s oldest nonprofit tree advocacy organization’s mission to Plant, Protect and Promote trees.

Grab your tickets here – the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is just around the corner.  Thank you!