Community Giving: COVID-19 Support, Courage Kenny, Steer Donation

Steer Donation

For the 7th year in a row UPI Superintendent Rich Oswskey attended the Douglas County Beef Improvement Association’s annual Youth Livestock Auction and purchased a steer that was raised for the auction by a local youth association member. Youths ages 8-21 raise livestock to be sold at auction and they work with their animals throughout the year to get ready for the show. The purchased steer was then processed into ground beef and UPI donated the ground beef to a local food shelf at the Faith United Methodist Church in Superior, WI. Approximately 500 pounds of ground beef was donated to the food shelf this year. A big thank you to Rich Oswskey for coordinating this donation! We are proud to support the efforts of the Douglas County Beef Improvement Association’s youth and local food shelf!

COVID-19 Continued Support

We have continued our commitment to support the organizations that we would normally support throughout the year, even during the pandemic when many organizations are having to cancel their events. Organizations are struggling to provide and bring in donations even as the need for their services are increasing because of the pandemic. We have continued to support local food shelves, donated to a local organization collecting student school supplies, and supported a local organization helping to relieve the costs associated with childhood cancer by funding a grant for a family in need. We are proud to be able to help our neighbors, friends, and communities during this challenging year and encourage you to find a way to support a cause or organization in your community through a financial contribution, a gift of items, or by volunteering.

Courage Kenny Northland – Shoot for Fun 2020

Although the shoot was a little different this year, we were still able to get out and participate in the 22nd Annual Courage Kenny Northland Shoot for Fun with their COVID adapted setup and schedule. As a presenting sponsor, along with API Group, Jamar, and Northland Constructors, we had the opportunity to send 2 teams to shoot sporting clays in support of services offered by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. This event benefits adaptive sports and recreation programs in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin and is always a great event to be a part of! Even in a year where many charitable events are being cancelled, we were able to help this event raise $81,925 – a critical contribution to being able to provide Northlanders living with disabilities the opportunity to participate in active lifestyle events amidst COVID. This year they’ve expanded their offerings to include free virtual classes and social gatherings, free rental equipment like adaptive bikes and handcycles or sports wheelchairs, and safe in-person recreational activities.

Organizations UPI has continued to support:

•Northern Lights Foundation
•Proctor High School
•Seth Stariha Memorial Golf Tournament
•Duluth Children’s Museum
•Duluth Lions Club
•Autism Oklahoma Organization
•Coffee Creek Riding Club
•MN Teen Challenge
•Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
•Boy Scouts of America Annual Jamar/UPI Golf Classic
•Northern Lights Foundation
•American Cancer Society
•Northern STEM Robotics – CyberHawks Robotics Team
•Duluth Chamber of Commerce – Annual Dinner
•Hermantown Hawks Blue Line Club
•NDSU Society of Women’s Engineering
•CHUM Backpack Program
•Special Olympics Minnesota