From left, Northern Lights YMCA Board of Directors President Katie Maxon and Dickinson Center Director Jonathan Ringel accept a Capital Campaign donation of $125,000 from BOSS Snowplow President and General Manager Jody Christy, Executive Assistant Justina Blazier and Digital Marketing Specialist Katie Schinderle.
BOSS Snowplow, a leading employer and fixture in the Dickinson County community for more than 30 years, and The Toro Company have committed a combined gift of $125,000 to the upcoming Northern Lights YMCA – Dickinson Center Capital Campaign.
“BOSS and Toro are proud to be part of this community, and we believe in what a strong, vibrant and modern YMCA facility will do for the area. The YMCA is an important hub of activity in our community and a safe place for children and families to have healthy fun. BOSS spokesperson Jody Christy said. “We strongly support and believe in the mission of the Y and we’re proud to help their effort to expand and offer even more to the community in the years to come.”
The Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center launched in late 2010, taking over the old Crystal Lake Community Center building in a lease agreement with Dickinson County. On the strength of a $500,000 Founder’s Campaign, the Y was able to bring the current facility and pool back into viable operation as well as purchase equipment for a new fitness center. The center quickly became a fitness destination in the community and enjoyed rapid growth and success in terms of membership. With membership continuing to grow and portions of the more than 40-year old building in immediate need of update and repair, the time has come for transformation.
With a formal public announcement set for January 2018, the YMCA will undertake its most ambitious fundraising effort in its history in order to renovate, expand and remodel the current YMCA into a state-of-the-art center for the next generation. By 2019, the Y hopes to begin work on its facility of the future.
“We have some big and exciting plans, and we’ve been working very hard behind the scenes to get underway,” YMCA Center Director Jonathan Ringel said. “While we have a goal in mind that we will be sharing with the public in the coming weeks, our future Y will ultimately be whatever this community wants and supports.
“To have companies like BOSS Snowplow and The Toro Company step up and be among the first to commit their support, is such a blessing for us. These companies, like us here at the Y, believe in the future of this community. They understand the impact we make and the potential we have to do so much more. We are so, so grateful for their support as we continue our mission for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”
Katie Maxon, President of the YMCA Board of Directors, felt the gift from BOSS Snowplow and The Toro Company will only help continue to build momentum. She anticipates other companies also offering support in the months to come.
“BOSS Snowplow has, for so many years, proven to be a company of vision and leadership in our community,” Maxon said. “It does not surprise me in the least that they’d be among the first line to help make this project a reality. We are so thankful for their support and the support of The Toro Company.”
For more information on the upcoming Capital Campaign or to pledge support, please contact the YMCA at (906) 774-4076.
About Northern Lights YMCA
Since opening its doors to the community as a YMCA in 2010, the Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center has experienced tremendous growth in programming and membership. From an initial membership of around 100 people, the facility boasts a growing membership base of more than 2,500 people, accounting for nearly 8,000 visits each month. More than 50 youth, aquatics, fitness and special event programming opportunities are available each session to members and non-members alike. The Y annually provides more than $100,000 in membership and programming assistance to the greater Dickinson County community.
About BOSS Snowplow
BOSS Snowplow is a leader in the snow and ice management business with a growing line of plows for trucks, heavy equipment, UTVs and ATVs; salt and sand spreaders; and box plows built for the snow and ice management professional, as well as the homeowner. All products are designed for ease of use, quality and durability. With a market competitive warranty, uncompromising quality and high level of craftsmanship, BOSS has grown to be a leader in the sales of truck mount plows. BOSS products are designed and manufactured in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in an approved ISO 9001:2015 registered facility. BOSS maintains a network of nearly 800 dealers worldwide. For more information on BOSS Snowplow call 800-286-4155 or visit the company’s website at www.bossplow.com.
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf, snow and ground engaging equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $2.4 billion in fiscal 2016, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, Toro and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers care for golf courses, landscapes, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. For more information, visit www.thetorocompany.com.