Since it launched in July of 2015, a one-of-a-kind initiative known as the Community Builder program has been impacting charitable organizations across the R.D. Offutt Company footprint and within its companies, including RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Farms.
Funded by the Offutt Family Foundation, Community Builder awards grants to charitable organizations in which R.D. Offutt Company team members are engaged, with the ultimate goal of investing back into the communities where they live and work.
Through the Community Builder program, the Offutt Family Foundation reviews applications and awards grants two to three times per year. In the most recent round of submissions, a total of $17,000 was awarded to two groups: the WDAY Honor Flight and the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department. Read on to learn more about the May recipients.
WDAY Honor Flight – submitted by Ted Horan, Director of Marketing, RDO Equipment Co.
The WDAY Honor Flight is a certified regional hub of the national Honor Flight Network. Since its inception 10 years ago, the Fargo, ND-based WDAY Honor Flight has been recognizing local World War II and Korean War veterans’ service with trips to Washington D.C. to see war memorials. This year, WDAY is publishing a 10-year commemorative book with photographs and stories from the past decade’s trips, as well as 1,000 biographies of veterans who have participated in the flight.
A longtime supporter of the WDAY Honor Flight, Ted Horan, RDO Equipment Co., submitted the Community Builder application after learning of the committee’s plans to publish and distribute the commemorative book. Upon learning it was selected for a Community Builder grant, Horan was grateful, saying, “This project will honor and serve our veterans by sharing their stories and lifting up the sacrifices they made for our country.”
Tracy Briggs, Editor of the WDAY Honor Flight’s commemorative book further spoke to the significance of the grant’s impact on the project and the community, saying, “Because of the generosity of the Offutt Family Foundation, we get the privilege of sharing these amazing stories with the public, not just now, but for years to come. It’s living history and it means so much to us to preserve it.”
Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department – submitted by Brian Rohrich, R.D. Offutt Farms
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