A financial contribution of $18,000 will help maintain Huntington Garden over the next three years.

A financial contribution of $18,000 will help maintain Huntington Garden over the next three years.

Local resident Tom Dailey and his company, 2Checkout.com, have donated $6,000 a year through 2012 for the garden, located in Schiller Park. Dailey, who is president of 2Checkout.com, said he would match $3,000 provided by the business.

"So, half of it is me just wanting to help out what I think is a really worthy cause in German Village," said Dailey, who added that he also wanted to raise the profile of his business.

A new sign recognizing the donation will be placed in the garden. Dailey said employees would donate their time maintaining the more than 10,000 flowers and plants in the Huntington and perimeter gardens.

Bert Stevens, who runs the garden, expressed gratitude for Dailey's gift.

"He represents the spirit of our community, which is one that always steps forward when there's a need," Stevens said.

Meanwhile, German Village residents have stepped up in their financial contributions after Huntington Bancshares in January announced it would not donate $4,500 toward the garden this year.

As part of a fundraising effort, an endowment for the garden has climbed from $78,000 to $107,000. The goal is to have interest from the endowment pay for planting at Huntington Garden.

"That probably won't happen any time soon," Stevens said.

Chris Lucas is part of a group of hardcore volunteers known as "dead-headers" who help plant and maintain the park year to year. She said the financial support is greatly appreciated.

"It takes a load off our minds where the money's going to come from," she said.

Stevens said the value of Huntington Garden cannot be overstated.

"I would say it's a crown jewel," she said. "People from all over Ohio come to visit. I would say its one of the best, if not the best, theme gardens in the state of Ohio."