WINNIPEG, March 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Thank A Retailer, a national contest sponsored by ADAMA Canada to recognize the importance of Canadian ag retailers, came to an exciting end on Thursday as MK Agro Ltd, located in Brunkild, Manitoba, won the national prize. As national winner and finalist for the province, the independent retail won a total of $30,000 to go towards their chosen charities.
MK Agro will not only be donating their prize money of $30,000 to the Kelly Kabernick Girls High School Hockey Memorial Scholarship and the Sanford Hockey Arena, but they will be adding an additional $20,000 for a total of $50,000!
The charitable foundation was recently established to honour Kabernick, a farmer and father of five who was killed in an accident in October 2017. Christine, Kelly's wife shared how dedicated Kelly was to his family and community, saying "Kelly would be thrilled about putting this money back into the community."
MK Agro is owned by Kabernick's long-time friends Paul Kaminsky and Brent MacLean.
"We're so happy we could be a part of this contest and that so many people rallied behind us and the Kabernick family. It's mind-blowing that, between the regional and national contests, people voted for us over 50,000 times!" said Kaminsky. "We are so humbled, and forever grateful. Good people taking time every day to do a good thing, for someone they may not even know — I like that. Kelly would have liked that, too."
MacLean added, "It's great to be recognized for what we do, by ADAMA and our customers. And now to be able to give this money back to our community in honour of Kelly, that's just amazing!"
ADAMA, the agrichemical company that began Thank A Retailer in 2016, is also awarding each of the regional finalists with $15,000 to go toward the charities of their choice. They are:
- Alberta: Daysland Crop Management – Daysland Playground Committee
- Saskatchewan: G-Mac's AgTeam – Integrated Healthcare Facility, Leader Sk.
- Ontario: Huron Perth Ag Service – Jessica's House Hospice
Jodi Starodub, Demand Creation Manager for ADAMA Canada, said the contest has seen an immense amount of support.
"We began this contest as a way to celebrate the hard work of ag retailers across Canada," said Starodub. "It's been incredible to see so many communities rally together for good causes. I'm honored that ADAMA could help all four of our finalists make lasting contributions to their communities."
To learn more about the 2018 winners and the contest in general, visit thankaretailer.ca.
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