Toro Announces Winner of ‘Green Spaces Make Great Places’ Grant Program

  Toro Announces Winner of ‘Green Spaces Make Great Places’ Grant Program

         Nearly 50,000 online votes were cast to determine the winner

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- December 19, 2012

The Toro Company today announced that Lincolnshire-Prairie View School
District 103 won top prize in the “Green Spaces Make Great Places” grant
program and will use the $7,000 grant to renovate the landscape and hardscape
surrounding the playground at Laura B. Sprague Elementary School in
Lincolnshire, IL.

Upon receiving the news, Principal Christy Adler exclaimed, "THANK YOU to the
District 103 students, staff, parents, and community members who took time to
vote and help make Sprague School’s green space a better place! We look
forward to the renovations that will be made with the grant from Toro. Our
students and community will be the lucky recipients of an upgraded playground
area."

"Toro's generosity and the support of our community have made it possible for
Sprague School to receive this grant for improvements to the playground area,”
added School District 103 Superintendent Scott Warren. “This summer, we will
begin to repair and replace the retaining wall, drainage, and nearby landscape
area while bringing it into ADA compliancy. We are truly grateful that these
collective efforts will make our green space a greater place – one with
improved safety features for our students and our community. We also
congratulate the other finalists for Toro grants, as each represents a worthy
cause."

Additional grants are being awarded to:

  *Tree Trust (Plymouth, MN), which plans to use the second-place $4,000
    grant to hold community tree-planting events and organize environmental
    improvement projects.
  *Project EverGreen (Cleveland, OH), which plans to use the third-place
    $2,000 grant to expand its GreenCare for Communities renovation programs –
    and GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops initiatives supporting military
    families with yard work and snow removal.
  *VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA), which will use the fourth-place
    $2,000 grant to engage area youth in environmental projects as part of its
    Global Youth Service Day.

“Nearly 50,000 votes were cast in support of these community projects, and
we’re excited to be able to help the Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District
103 in renovating its playground,” said Judson McNeil of the Toro Giving
Program. “We’re equally delighted the other three finalists will receive
grants to help assist their efforts in 2013, and make communities across
America beautiful and green.”

Online nominations for the grants took place in October. At the conclusion of
the nomination period, a panel of Toro representatives evaluated and selected
four finalists who were asked to submit a brief video further detailing their
organization’s mission. Videos can be viewed at www.youtube.com/toro under the
“Company” playlist. The grant awards were determined by a public vote on
Toro’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/toro.yard.

About The Toro Company

The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative
turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor
lighting solutions. With sales of more than $1.9 billion in fiscal 2012,
Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong
relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a
commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and
sustainability of the land. 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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