Flowers received at Pat Summitt’s memorial celebration on Thursday will be transformed into 300 bouquets and given out to residents of East Tennessee senior care facilities that serve Alzheimer’s and memory care patients.
Random Acts of Flowers, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. and the University of Tennessee Athletic Department are partnering to make the delivery happen.
The Weather Channel’s spinoff Facebook page titled United States of Awesome will livestream the day starting around 10:30 a.m Friday morning.
Random Acts of Flowers will pick up the flowers Friday morning and take them back to the Random Acts of Flowers warehouse where volunteers will help deconstruct them. More than 50 volunteers will help, including incoming UT freshmen and their parents, UT alumni, and regular RAF volunteers in Knoxville.
The arrangements will begin being delivered at 3 p.m. They will be taken to Atria Weston Place, Courtyards-Orchard, Courtyards-Garden, Courtyards-Meadow, and Sherrill Hills. Sherrill Hills is where Summitt resided.
Random Acts of Flowers was founded in Knoxville in 2008 and has since delivered uniquely crafted, recycled arrangements to more than 65,000 local residents and 143,000 recipients nationally. They currently operate four branches across the U.S. and will open a fifth in the fall.