In its first 17 months of operations, the Rox Project S.A.V.E. Foundation raised close to $70,000 through corporate partnership assistance and game-night fundraisers.
Project S.A.V.E. was established in March of 2019 as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation with a mission to support and sponsor youth-related programs and activities in the areas of Sports, Arts, Volunteerism and Education throughout communities based in Central Minnesota.
Throughout the early going, the Foundation has invested $37,500 in Educational programs. From the past school year, well over 100 senior students representing 34 different cities in-and-around the St. Cloud market area, applied for a special Project S.A.V.E. Scholarship that awarded five overall at $2,000 each.
When the 2019-20 school year was impacted by the pandemic virus that shut down student learning in the classrooms, the Rox Foundation paid tribute to our area educators by creating an online promotion for students in grade levels K-12 and asked the kids to nominate a teacher that impacted their studies through fun and unique virtual teaching lessons? The Foundation chose five individual teachers overall and saluted them at a Rox baseball game where each was awarded a $500 Visa Gift Card to use for classroom supplies and a special recognition plaque.
One of the most significant developments taken on by the Foundation that also was applied through its Education Pillar, came when teaming up with Marco and the CentraCare Health Foundation for a Mental Health Awareness/Suicide Prevention Night fundraiser at the Rox July 25th home game in 2019. The event raised $28,000 through corporate sponsorships of various game-night promotions and contests, through the sale of Rox game tickets, a silent auction of Rox Team Jerseys worn during the actual game, and from various fundraising activities held at the Marco corporate office in St. Cloud.
Another important development launched by Project S.A.V.E. was in support of the area’s non-profit organizations that sought out support for youth-related activities through Grant funding. To date, Project S.A.V.E. has already appropriated $10,500 in Grants and has approved seven individual applications. Four have come under the Arts Pillar – Paramount Center for the Arts, Minnesota Dance Ensemble and Wirth Center for the Performing Arts; Two within the Education Pillar – Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School District and Civil Air Patrol unit in Clearwater, MN; and one Grant for the Volunteerism Pillar that was presented to the Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes and Pines through the Waite Park, MN Regional Center Office.
The Rox Foundation further tapped into the Volunteerism Pillar to help fund a group of Eagle Scouts and their service projects during the 2019 calendar year in conjunction with the Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts of America. There were three projects overall that were chosen by the Foundation’s Advisory Council which received funding totaling $1,700. They included projects from Scouting Troops in St. Cloud and Cold Spring, MN.
Project S.A.V.E. hosted a Noisemaker Night promotion at a Rox home game during the 2019 season that brought in cash donations from the general public and significant food supplies for the Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Cloud to help bolster their food shelf for area families in need. Thanks to the special corporate support provided by CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) and Coborn’s, the fundraiser brought in over $1,000 in cash donations and 4,000 boxes of Macaroni & Cheese.
In closing, for those individuals and businesses that would like to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Project S.A.V.E. Foundation, you can choose to make your donation on behalf of, in honor of, or in memory of a loved one? For donors with significant assets, Project S.A.V.E. is also available to help you maximize your tax benefits and charitable giving. Your special gift could come through the way of Appreciated Stocks, Mutual Funds, IRAs, Gifts by Will, etc.
For more information, contact:
Jim Loria Chief Administrator Rox Project S.A.V.E. Foundation