May 12 /CSRwire/ - Toronto, ON -- Every time farm customers in various areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba purchase fuel or fertilizer from local Esso associates this farming season, they will be making a difference in their community.
Esso is kick-starting a new community-driven initiative called the Esso Farm Community Growth fund, developed with the assistance of local Esso associates in farming communities across Central and Western Canada. From now until November 30, 2004 Esso will donate up to a penny for each litre of delivered fuel or each tonne of fertilizer sold to 27 individual projects in 19 communities. Each community has the potential to receive up to $25,000.
"The goal of the Esso Farm Community Growth fund is to make a positive and lasting impact in the communities we serve," said Fred Gowland, Industrial Wholesale Offer Manager, Esso. "With this program, we are also able to recognize the quiet heroes of our small towns - our Esso associates who give of themselves both through their businesses and through their dedication to helping improve their community."
The Esso Farm Community Growth Fund will touch many areas of community life. Some initiatives include raising funds for: improvements to arenas and sports facilities, equipment for fire departments, childrens playgrounds and various health related services. In total, this program could donate up to $475,000 in rural farming communities. For an idea of the projects in your community, see the attached list.
Esso has been fuelling farm businesses in Canada for over 100 years and is committed to supporting programs in the communities it serves. In 2003, Esso, through the Imperial Oil Foundation, contributed almost $6.1 million in support to over 400 non-profit organizations in Canada. Visit the company's web site at www.esso.ca.
Esso Community Growth Fund Recipients
Lloydminster & Area Brain Injury Society Fund
Universal Contract Logistics
Brent Hasson, (780) 875-2119
Hythe Arena Building Fund
South Peace Distributors Ltd.
Max MacAulay, (780) 356-3970
Viking Carena Fund, Irma Arena Fund, Central Sports Garden Fund
Murray Josephson (780) 336-3348
Winter Sports for Youth Fund
Milk River, AB
Mitch Bonertz (403) 647-3930
Grimshaw Arena Fund
EFD Ventures Ltd.
Peace River, AB
Wayne Spacil, (780) 624-2727
The Cattle & Grain Round-up
Miller AG Supply Ltd
Robert Miller, (403) 279-4451
Kelsey Trail Health Region Dialysis Fund
Leonard Cummins, (306) 873-3541
Communiplex Local Hockey Arena Fund
North Sask Agro Services Ltd.
Prince Albert, SK
Ken Placsko, (306) 764-4228
Eatonia Swimming Pool Fund, Luseland Arena Renovation Fund, Eston Fire Truck Refurbishing Fund
Sam's General Trucking Ltd.
Grant Hawking, (306) 463-2121
Raymore Arena/Pool Fund
Pritchard's Fuel Services
Larry Gray or Jack Pritchard, (306) 746-2066
Fire Department Equipment Project - 3 local fire departments
Universal Contract Logistics
Health Foundation of East Central Sask.
Darryl Ford, (306) 782-2745
Meadow Lake Arena Fund
John Marsollier, (306) 236-5101
Emergency Services Support Fund for Saskatoon & North Battleford
Mid-Sask AG Services Ltd.
Henry Ens, (306) 249-2000
Moose Jaw Pee Wee Tier 1 Hockey Fund
Heartland Agro Services Ltd
Darwyn Boucher, (306) 692-3644
Virden Community Arts Council Fund
Redfern Farm Services Ltd.
Ray Charles, (204) 748-1122
Shot Clock Purchase Fund for 3 local high schools
Portage Agri Sales Ltd.
Portage La Prairie, MB
Kelly Collett, (204)857-7838
Got Ice Fund, Pilot Mound Millennium Rec Complex
Carm Agro Ltd.
Tom Takvam, (204) 745-6761
HTS Play Structure Improvement Fund, Warren Arena Fund Raiser, St. Eustache Zamboni Fund,
Conrad Starkell, (204) 261-0731