HUNTSVILLE, Ala., October 2, 2006 -- Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) today announced the opening of the Garden of Hope at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. A unique garden, exhibit and destination, the Garden of Hope is a place where cancer patients and their families have the opportunity to express themselves through the creation of colorful and artistic plantings.
Intergraph approached the Huntsville Botanical Garden with the concept to underwrite, create, manage and partner on the Garden of Hope, which will not only benefit cancer patients and their families, but will also provide financial help for patients receiving treatment and promote cancer research.
“Like most organizations, we, the people of Intergraph, have been and continue to be impacted by cancer. Cancer has affected many of our employees, directors, customers, shareholders, and families,” said Halsey Wise, president and CEO of Intergraph. “Medical statistics indicate that none of us will live life without being touched by this terrible disease, either directly or indirectly. The Garden of Hope is one way Intergraph works to fight back against cancer. Many doctors, theologians and other experts consider planting of flowers, plants and living things to be therapeutic. People going through difficult experiences often choose art, color, and living things as a means to express their feelings, fears, and faith. The Garden of Hope is such a project. We at Intergraph are very proud to help the people of our communities fight back against cancer.”
Huntsville Botanical Garden CEO Paula Steigerwald added: “We at the Huntsville Botanical Garden are very excited to be partnering with Intergraph on this important and valuable project. The Garden of Hope is a totally unique and high impact destination and is a true asset to the Huntsville area community and in the battle against cancer.”
Each year, the Garden of Hope will have two separate, seasonal plantings: one in the spring and one in the fall. At each seasonal planting, three local cancer patients and/or their families will each have their own large garden area to plant. The patient and/or family is given complete freedom to design and plant the creative artwork of their choice using flowers, plants, or any other living, growing thing. Each patient’s imagination will be the magic that makes this garden very unique, very emotional, and very special.
Buy a Brick
To help perpetuate the project and to raise additional funds to help those cancer patients in need, Intergraph and the Huntsville Botanical Garden will sell brick pavers to accent the area around the water feature in The Garden of Hope. These limited edition bricks are engraved to indicate a donor’s support or memory of a named cancer patient. The Garden of Hope bricks are available for purchase on the Intergraph Foundation Web site, www.intergraphfoundation.org; 100% of the proceeds will benefit area cancer patients, worldwide cancer research, and will perpetuate and enhance the Garden of Hope. The fund will cover patients’ travel to and from remote chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatment visits. It will also be used to promote cancer research in the communities throughout the world in which the people of Intergraph live and work every day.
Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company’s spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph’s customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Huntsville Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported by the community. The 110-acre garden is open year-round. Address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805. For further information visit www.hsvbg.org, or call 256.830.4447.
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