Exmark Employees Donate Over $10,000 to Local Charities This Holiday Season

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Exmark Employees Donate Over $10,000 to Local Charities This Holiday Season

Donations Support United Way and the Beatrice Local Community Food Pantry

BeatriceNE (January 18, 2011) — Employees of Exmark Manufacturing, the leading manufacturer of commercial-grade mowers, gave back to members of its community this holiday season through a series of donations to local charities. This announcement comes on the heels of Exmark and the Toro Giving Program’s donation last month to a local Habitat for Humanity project in Gage County.

Exmark employees raised nearly $10,000 for its local United Way branch. The donation was then matched by the Toro Giving Program for a total contribution of over $17,000 – exceeding last year’s total donation. Employees raised the donations through company raffles and other activities, consignment auctions, and cash donations.

“We’re proud that the Exmark family includes such thoughtful and giving people,” said Rick Olson, general manager of Exmark Manufacturing. “With the current state of the economy, every little bit helps as there are a lot of people that need a little assistance right now and we’re fortunate that many of us are in a position to find a way to give back.” 

In addition, at Exmark’s annual Christmas party, the Exmark Employee Council collected food and monetary donations for the Community Food Pantry, an organization supporting families needing assistance with food, rent and utility payments. Exmark employees donated over $1,200 and four vehicle loads of food from its efforts. 

The Community Food Pantry helps an average of 80 families a week and added 160 new families to its program this winter.

About Exmark
Exmark Manufacturing was incorporated in May 1982 as an independent manufacturer of professional turf care equipment. Today, it is the leading manufacturer of commercial mowers for the landscape professional. In addition to designing, building and marketing quality turf care equipment, Exmark’s goal is total customer satisfaction. All Exmark mowers, from walk-behinds to zero-turn riders and out-fronts, are designed to help our customers increase productivity while delivering unmatched cut quality. Products are sold to distributors and dealers who share our commitment to customer service and quality products.

About the Toro Giving Program
The Toro Giving Program enhances the health and well-being of all Toro communities through active outreach and involvement. The primary giving focus is to support organizations that preserve the outdoor environment. Contributions are also focused on programs that enhance education, health and welfare, culture, the arts, and civic projects. Toro also provides employee volunteer opportunities, and product and in-kind donations.

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