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HRI Launches New Fund in Honor of Craig Regelbrugge

Thursday, October 06, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Horticultural Research Institute is pleased to announce new endowed research fund, created in honor of Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort’s Senior Vice President of Industry Advocacy and Research.

In 2016, Craig Regelbrugge celebrated his 25th year of service to the horticultural industry.

“Craig advocates for horticulture every day. Now it’s our turn to be advocates for horticulture and honor Craig at the same time,” states Karl Losely (Herman Losely & Son, Inc., Perry, OH), HRI President. “In honor of Craig’s extraordinary contributions to the horticultural industry, a group of AmericanHort and HRI friends conceived of a plan to create a special HRI endowment fund in Craig’s name. In addition to providing needed funding for horticultural research, this fund allows us to publicly acknowledge our gratitude for Craig and the work he has so willingly and thoughtfully undertaken on our behalf.”

“Many of us have enjoyed and profited from Craig’s efforts over the years. Many of us have had the privilege of assisting Craig’s work, while many more of us have often been the beneficiaries of his knowledge and insights,” adds Jon Reelhorn (Belmont Nursery, Inc., Fresno, CA), HRI President-Elect. “Craig has spoken at countless green industry events, sharing his knowledge of the critical role regulations and laws have on our collective business success—knowledge that is increasingly important for our teams to have.”

The Craig Regelbrugge—Advocates for Horticulture Fund was officially launched at Cultivate’16 during the HRI Summer Donor Reception. Through the remarkable generosity of many donors, Craig’s fund quickly exceeded $35,000 in pledges.

HRI leaders have set a goal to raise $52,000 by Craig’s November 52nd birthday.

Losely continues, “Craig has inspired many of us to pay better attention to the nuances of the ever-changing political landscape and he’s guided our industry through some tumultuous terrains. He’s spent tens of thousands of hours advocating for our interests and thousands more educating us. Donating to this fund is a way to show our gratitude while being advocates ourselves.”

Donations can be made online at, or by contacting Jennifer at 614-884-1155 or

Horticultural Research Institute exists to understand the business of horticulture and, by doing so, fund, advocate for, and direct research specific to horticulture and horticultural businesses. Funded by hundreds of green industry philanthropists and businesses, HRI provides effective, efficient, and relevant solutions.

About HRI

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), founded in 1962, has provided more than $7 million in funds to research projects covering a broad range of production, environmental, and business issues important to the green industry. Nearly $11 million is committed to the endowment by individuals, corporations, and associations. For more information about HRI, its grant-funded research, or programming, visit or contact Jennifer Gray at 614.884.1155.

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