The Owatonna Foundation is pleased to announce a marketing partnership with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (OACCT) for the 2018 Flower Basket Program. The Owatonna Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and as part of recognizing that historic milestone the Foundation will be helping to sponsor the flower baskets.
Owatonna is one of seven Minnesota cities that is an accredited MainStreet Community. The Minnesota Main Street Program is administrated by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and it focuses on preserving and enhancing downtown communities through four primary areas: economic vitality, design, organization and promotion. The Flower Basket Program began in 2004 as part of Owatonna’s Main Street initiatives and 50 baskets were put up the first year. Brad Meier, President of the OACCT stated: “This program shows the pride our community takes in the look and feel of our downtown. The Flower Basket Project is part of how we showcase our City to attract people to work and live here. Having it funded each year through private and corporate donations really tells the story of a true grassroots effort to show our community’s pride in Owatonna and partnering with the Owatonna Foundation allows the program to be one year ahead in its fundraising to ensure its long term continued success. In return, twelve banners will go up around Central Park. This unique partnership shows how committed the Owatonna Foundation is to the continued enhancement and vitalityof this community”.
“The flower basket program is run by volunteers and exists because of the good will and donations from our dedicated citizens and businesses. 100% of each donation is for the flowers, watering, fertilizer, and maintenance of the baskets. Tax deductible donations, gifts and memorials come from people both in town and out of state, businesses and non-profits-all from folks that love Owatonna or love flowers.” said MainStreet Director, Shirley Schultz. As part of this year’s fundraising efforts the Flower Basket Committee has conducted meat raffles at the Elks Club, did a “round-up” at Fareway Foods, and has donation jars out at many of the downtown businesses. Along with the Foundation, other partners of the 2018 baskets include: the City of Owatonna Economic Development Authority, Cedar Valley Services, Souba Greenhouse and Garden Center, Owatonna Chamber Foundation along with in-kind service from Owatonna Public Utilities, Owatonna Park & Recreation, the OACCT, and MainStreet.The fundraising goal for this year is to raise funds for 125 baskets in 2019. May 22nd is the target date for having the baskets up. For more information about the Flower Basket Program or to make a donation, please contact Shirley Schultz at 451-7970.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Flower Basket program this year. The baskets add so much beauty to our community and make Owatonna a welcoming City to tourists and a place we can all be proud to call home. We‘re excited to see the twelve banners that will be put up on downtownlight poles in recognition of our support. The banners up will help us to create more awareness of the Foundation’s proud history and the on-going legacy it is for our community, and will also help to promote our mission of “improving the quality of life for present and future generations by supporting Owatonna projects that focus on community, arts, recreation and education” said Foundation President, Betsy Lindgren.
The Owatonna Foundation, now in its 60th year of serving the Owatonna community, providescapitalgrants in Owatonna and its environs.The Foundation was established in 1958 with the goal of improving the quality of life for present and future generations of Owatonna residents. Since then, the Owatonna Foundation has invested more than $11.8 million dollars in grants to Owatonna projects and annually awards $30,000 in scholarships for both traditional and non-traditional students.
For more information about the Owatonna Foundation, please visit our website at: www.owatonnafoundation.org, or call our office at 455-2995.