September 26, 2008 14:09 ET
$80,000 in cash awards available to clubs in need
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2008) - Monsanto Canada's "Imagine a Better House" community curling club improvement program is back for another year with $80,000 in cash awards available to rural-based curling clubs in Western Canada who need a hand to improve their clubs.
The "Imagine a Better House" community curling club program gives rural-based curling clubs in Western Canada the opportunity to secure funding to undertake development or improvement projects at their local curling club. Close to 250 clubs submitted applications last year with the Val Marie Curling Club in Val Marie, Saskatchewan taking home the $10,000 Grand Prize.
"The first year of the "Imagine a Better House" program was a big success and we really enjoyed the opportunity to bring our corporate support for curling in Canada down to the grassroots level," said Trish Jordan, Monsanto Canada's public affairs director. "We have every expectation this year's program will again appeal to many local curling clubs across the Prairies who are in need of help to enhance their curling club experience."
A total of 30 cash prizes will be awarded - a Grand Prize of $10,000 will go to the winning entry, along with four (4) Second Place prizes of $5,000 and twenty-five (25) Third Place prizes of $2,000. All winners will be announced March 10, 2009 with two club representatives from the Grand Prize winning club receiving an all-expense paid trip to a day at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary, Alberta.
Similar to last year's program, cash prizes can be utilized by the winning entrants for anything from building improvements, to new equipment or scoreboards or maybe even a special event to support and promote the sport of curling at the local rink. The most common challenges faced by local clubs last year related to roof repairs or equipment to improve the quality of ice within the facility.
More information and posters profiling the "Imagine a Better House" community curling club program have been mailed to curling clubs and local retail outlets across Western Canada.
Interested clubs can apply on-line at www.monsanto.ca. Applicants just need to click on the "Imagine a Better House" icon and tell Monsanto a little about their club, the community in which it resides and why the curling club is in need of a little assistance. There is even an opportunity to upload a couple of photos to support your case. Applications can also be mailed to the Monsanto Canada head office in Winnipeg. All applications must be received by Jan. 15, 2009 to be eligible.
Once applications close, a group of curling enthusiasts and Monsanto Canada employees will review each of the submissions and rank them based on degree of need expressed by the local curling club and the creativity of the submission.
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. Learn more about our business and our commitments at www.monsanto.ca.
Media inquiries should be directed to:Monsanto CanadaTrish Jordan(204) 985-1005Website: www.monsanto.ca
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