Toro Selects Four Finalists for 'Green Spaces Make Great Places' Grant Program

  Toro Selects Four Finalists for 'Green Spaces Make Great Places' Grant
  Program

   Public vote to determine which community organization receives the most
                                   funding

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- November 21, 2012

It’s down to the final four in The Toro Company’s “Green Spaces Make Great
Places” grant program, and now it’s up to the public to choose the winners.
The all-new community grant program will award $15,000 to communities and
non-profits to beautify and maintain public green spaces across the U.S.

The “Green Spaces Make Great Places” finalists include:

  *Project EverGreen (Cleveland, OH), which works to preserve and enhance
    yards, parks and other green spaces, would use the funding to help expand
    GreenCare for Communities renovation programs, and GreenCare and SnowCare
    for Troops initiatives supporting military families with yard work and
    snow removal.
  *Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 (Lincolnshire, IL), located
    40 miles north of Chicago, would use the grant to renovate the landscape
    and hardscape surrounding the playground at Laura B. Sprague elementary
    school, which is badly deteriorated.
  *Tree Trust (Plymouth, MN) provides a variety of community forestry and
    employment training programs for disadvantaged youth. With the funding,
    Tree Trust plans to hold community tree planting events and organize
    environmental improvement projects.
  *VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA), which is a regional nonprofit
    resource and training center, would use the funds to engage area youth in
    environmental projects as part of its Global Youth Service Day.

Starting today through December 14, the public can vote and help determine
which organization receives the largest grant to support their program. The
organization with the most votes via the Facebook contest at
www.facebook.com/toro.yard (click on the contest icon) will receive $7,000;
the program with the second most votes will receive $4,000; and the third- and
fourth-place winners will each receive $2,000.

“We created this grant program to give back to the community and carry on our
tradition of beautifying green spaces around the country,” said Judson McNeil
of the Toro Giving Program. “Every organization deserves to win, and we’re
thrilled to help in some way with their effort.”

To learn more about each of the organizations, the public can view their
videos at www.facebook.com/toro.yard under the contest icon. Please visit the
site to see the complete terms of participation 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. The Toro Giving Program is committed to
beautifying and preserving outdoor environments, enhancing communities and
improving people’s lives. Through community, industry and employee programs,
the Giving Program works to support its employees’ personal volunteerism
interests and the communities where they live and work. More information is
available at www.toro.com.

Contact:

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