Toro Announces ‘Green Spaces Make Great Places’ Grant Program

  Toro Announces ‘Green Spaces Make Great Places’ Grant Program

    New community program to commit $15,000 in grants to help beautify and
                 maintain public green spaces across the U.S.

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- October 15, 2012

What makes a good community great? One that has green spaces for families,
friends, neighbors and community members to enjoy. Unfortunately, the funding
to maintain public green spaces can be one of the first to get cut or simply
forgotten. To help improve outdoor environments like neighborhood parks,
playgrounds and other great spaces, Toro today launched “Green Spaces Makes
Great Places” (www.facebook.com/Toro.Yard/app_403359706360567). This all-new
community grant program will be awarding $15,000 to communities and
non-profits to improve landscapes across America.

“Every day, we work to help customers enrich the beauty, productivity and
sustainability of their outdoor environments,” said Judson McNeil, manager of
the Toro Giving Program. “We’re looking for the public’s help in identifying
and selecting worthy organizations that show commitment to creating great
green spaces enjoyed by their community.”

Toro is asking the public to nominate non-profit organizations – 501(c)(3) or
government entities like state or city park and recreation divisions,
conservation divisions, and public educational entities – that are doing great
work to beautify and maintain green spaces.

Online entries will be accepted through October 31, 2012 at
www.facebook.com/Toro.Yard/app_403359706360567. At the conclusion of the
nomination period, a panel of Toro representatives will evaluate and select
four finalists to create (and submit by Nov. 19, 2012) a brief video further
detailing their organization’s mission. The grant awards will be determined by
a public vote from November 21, 2012 to December 14, 2012 at
www.facebook.com/toro.yard. The first-place organization (earning the most
votes) will receive $7,000, the second-place organization will be awarded
$4,000, and the remaining two organizations will be given $2,000 each. Winners
will be announced Dec. 17, 2012.

Please visit www.facebook.com/Toro.Yard/app_403359706360567 to see the
complete terms for nominating and voting guidelines.

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of turf and
landscape maintenance equipment, and irrigation solutions. With sales of
nearly $1.9 billion in fiscal 2011, Toro’s global presence extends to more
than 90 countries through its reputation of world-class service, innovation
and turf expertise. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of
excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf
courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential
properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at
www.toro.com.

Contact:

The Toro Company
Judson McNeil, 952-887-8870
community@toro.com