Thursday, July 19, 2007

Our friend Jonathan

A dear friend to many in this industry and fine human being by the name of Jonathan Panczuk passed away on July 6, 2007.

Jonathan and his partner Jesus are the founders of the innovative floral and event design company Raining Roses. Originally from Chicago, their vision is to bring their cutting-edge style forward, and to provide their 5 star, personal service to those fortunate enough to be in the presence of any of their creations.

Susan Pelteson, a dear friend to Jonathan and Jesus remained steadfast by their side. At the memorial, she told us that his last wish was for us to celebrate his life by having a "martini party." Just as we were headed form the church to the "party" thunder clapped; lightning struck and it began to pour rain. Those closest to Jonathan couldn't help but smile and proudly exclaimed, "That's Jonathan...and it's raining roses!!!"

Sadly, my relationship with Jonathan was limited as I got to know him only briefly before he became ill. My relationship grew with Jesus however, and I was so proud to see him evolve over the last several months. Handling himself as a strong, competent and ever growing confident man and business owner, I had the great pleasure to work on a very special wedding this past April. The blog-favorite couple, Joy and Sateesh have since checked in with me to see how he is doing and have sent along their respects to him as well.

Many have asked how we can best memorialize Jonathan, and what he may have wanted...

Years ago, Jonathan was in a position where he had to place his own mother in hospice. Because of that, he had remained sensitive to hospice needs. Since that time, he and Jesus became huge advocates for Hospice of the Comforter. Their support and sponsorship led them to design the yearly "Bohemian Ball" to directly aid this wonderful organization.

If you would like to directly honor Jonathan's memory please contact Hospice of the Comforter directly at:

Hospice of the Comforter

480 West Central Parkway

Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32714

This year's Bohemian Ball will be even more poignant than ever while we keep Jonathan in our memories and Jesus and the entire Raining Roses family in our thoughts and prayers.

Bohemian Ball for
Hospice of the Comforter
August 18, 2007
The Ritz Carlton

***There will be a fabulous silent and live auction, dinner and a performance by Three Dog Night!
For more information, please call Susan Pelteson at: 407-862-7212. She would be delighted to send an invitation with tickets via postal mail.

More than ever...celebrate life!

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