Sunflowers for Michael
It was one year ago today that Sunflowers for Michael was born. After Lisa-Marie Presley posted a message on her MySpace page that Michael’s resting place seemed a little bare and that he liked Sunflowers, Sandy came up with an idea and called Forest Lawn Flower Shop. She found out that two huge arrangements of Sunflowers and other types of flowers could be placed next to Michael each week for around $200 – 250 per week.
So she did some figuring and asked: “what if we could get 160 fans to donate just $5 per month, or 40 fans to donate just $5 per week so Michael could have fresh flowers near him each week from his fans? After all, Michael has millions of fans all over the world who, while they could not afford a personal bouquet for Michael each week, might love to contribute to something like this!”
So, Sandy set up a Paypal account for this purpose ([email protected]) and began collecting donations after the program was introduced on this site one year ago today. Since then, every week, Michael has received two large arrangements of beautiful, fresh flowers from his fans all over the world along with beautiful, custom-made cards that Sandy creates from the messages, drawings, photos, and poems that fans send to her for Michael.
We even have regular artists and writers who have contributed custom-drawn artwork and beautifully-written poetry each week since the program’s inception. Eliza Lo does beautiful drawings of Michael whose likeness to him is stunning. J. Michelle Gold writes lovely poetry each week to go with the arrangements, and she writes special editions for holidays and special occasions. You can see the one she wrote for this occasion below. And, Christine Wallden creates warm and whimsical artwork for each week’s delivery and for special occasions. And not least, Michael’s fans all over the world constantly leave him sweet messages of love through Sandy.
Without Sandy, and without Michael’s fan-mily, and without all those loving messages, artwork and poems, this program would not have lasted an entire year. Though Sandy dreamed it up and I launched it from here, it’s really everyone’s project and we’re so grateful for all the love, beauty, and support you’ve all given to this program in the past year. Michael surely knows he is very loved and that we’ll never ever forget him because he lives in our hearts forever.
Photos of the first ten ‘Sunflowers for Michael‘ deliveries were posted here. After that, photos of all deliveries are posted in the ‘Sunflowers for Michael‘ group on Facebook. Since today is Sunflowers for Michael’s Anniversary though, I’ll share a few photos of today’s Anniversary delivery right here:
Artwork by Christine Wallden
Beautiful Spray of flowers that went into Michael today. Each week two similarly large arrangements surround Michael from his fans.
Michael's two arrangements, along with other assorted cards and flowers from fans.
The Sunflowers for Michael Story, in poetic form, by J. Michelle Gold
Page Two of The Sunflowers for Michael Story, with a very touching ending.
Beautiful Anniversary card made by regular contributing artist Christine Wallden
One of Eliza Lo's beautiful drawings of Michael
Sandy bought the rock. At a craft store called "Michael's". Notice it has a Sunflower on it and the word "Love". Coincidence?
There are many more photos to see! For the rest of the STUNNING photos of todays Anniversary delivery, click here, and here. Don’t miss ’em!