Sports equipment to be awarded to local schools on Jan. 18
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:10 AM
The culmination of the "Give to the Max Day" challenge will be Friday, Jan. 18, between boys basketball games at the Fillmore Central gym in Preston when the Falcons take on the Kingsland Knights.
The Preston Area Community Foundation was challenged by the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation to see which foundation could have the most money donated in one day - Nov. 15 - during Give to the Max Day in Minnesota when charities raised money online.
The Preston foundation was successful thanks to a "match and more" contribution from F & M Community Bank, Dan Christianson. Preston's donations totaled $11,905.
But there was more to the challenge! The foundation receiving the largest amount of donations would also receive Miken Sports equipment that could be given to its local school. The agreement was that the presentation would be held at the home court of the foundation that raised the most money when the Falcons played the Knights in basketball.
Miken Sports, Caledonia, makes exclusive baseball equipment. Company representatives will be on hand Jan. 18 at the basketball game between the Fillmore Central Falcons and the Kingsland Knights to present four bats and two sports bags to the Preston foundation. A consolation prize of two youth bats will also be given to the Spring Valley foundation.
The two foundations are under the umbrella of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Tim Penney, executive director of SMIF, is also expected to be on-hand for the presentation, which is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m. between the B squad and varsity basketball games.