Fundraising efforts for the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games received a welcome boost recently with the announcement of a Diamond Sponsor.
Pattison Agriculture Ltd. has officially signed on as one of the Diamond Sponsors for the games with a commitment for $40,000.
As part of that Diamond sponsorship they will be event sponsor for male curling at the Northland Power Curling Centre during the Games Feb. 18-24, 2018.
They have also been named the Official Sponsor for the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games Legacy Monument to recognize all the games sponsors. According to Games Committee Co-chair Rob Rongve that monument is currently under construction.
Pattison Agriculture Ltd. president Art Ward says his company is excited to be part of the Games.
“When we heard the games are coming to North Battleford, it’s a community that we are actively involved in as a business,” said Ward. “We’re a big supporter of initiatives for children and children’s sports and activities. I thought it was a great opportunity to try to support and hopefully help the Games be successful here, in a community we do business in and we’re proud to be a part of.”
This is the first time Pattison Agriculture Ltd. or its predecessors has sponsored the Games. The company formed earlier this year, combining JayDee AgTech, Maple Farm Equipment and Nykolaishen Farm Equipment.
The announcement means Pattison Agriculture is the first official Diamond Event Sponsor of the games. This is considered the most prestigious of the several levels of sponsorship being offered for the games and it is usually associated with a single event or venue. The sponsorship package for this level is also specially tailored for the marketing needs of the contributors as well.
According to Games Committee co-chair David Schell, this donation provides welcome momentum for the ongoing games fundraising effort.
“This is huge to get the ball rolling, the first major sponsor,” said Schell.
“It’s a huge boost for our games. We have a very large budget, as most people know, and to get to our goal to put on the best games ever, we’re going to need a lot of sponsorship, and a lot of volunteers. This is a big step in the right direction.”
As well, Schell says some more games sponsors have been lined up and those announcements can be expected in the coming weeks.