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Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Announces Volunteer of the Year Recipients

(February 19, 2014) MANKATO, MINN. -  Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato and City Center Partnership announce their 2013 Volunteer of the Year award recipients. Jesse Schott, Joe DeLory and Malda Farnham have made an outstanding contribution to our organizations by demonstrating leadership through service or volunteerism as well as making a contribution to the betterment of the community’s quality of life, business environment and economic vitality.

Greater Mankato Growth Volunteer of the Year Jesse Schott, serves as the Chair for Kiwanis Holiday Lights Parade and Greater Mankato Young Professionals (YP) Service Committee, also serving on the YP New Member Committee. Schott also volunteers through the YPs for the CityArt installation and removal, Back Pack Food Program and Rake the Town. Schott was recently named the 2014 Young Professionals President.

Visit Mankato Volunteer of the Year Joe DeLory, has volunteered his time and bike to both the 5K and KidsK since the Mankato Marathon’s inception. DeLory puts his EMT training to good use, coordinating and recruiting a team of doctors, nurses, medics and first responders on bicycles. He also volunteers as a course ride marshal for the River Ramble. DeLory continues to promote the community’s healthy, active lifestyle and natural beauty.

City Center Partnership Volunteer of the Year Malda Farnham, single-handedly started and managed the Adopt-a-Planter program. This project started four years ago when Farnham found 10 businesses on North Riverfront Drive that agreed to the installation of large floral planters in front of their establishments which they would maintain. The project was a success and has grown. She carries on her dedication to improving the aesthetics and livability of the City Center.

Award recipients will be honored at Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.’s Annual Meeting, March 13 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This year’s theme, Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality, focuses on the organizations successes of 2013 and goals for 2014 and beyond. This is a member only event. To learn more, register for this event and view the recipients full profiles, please visit greatermankato/annual-meeting.


About Greater Mankato Growth

Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, GMG advances business through: existing business support, new business growth, business promotion, talent development, public affairs, community marketing, visitor attraction and servicing and civic engagement. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. also includes two LLCs: Visit Mankato, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, and the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center.    


contact:   Amy Linde, 507.382.3993, alinde@greatermankato.com

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership