I'm proud to say I helped set this record. Youth 1st of Owatonna and Cash Wise Foods hosted its most successful Baseball & BBQ fundraiser in mid-May. The event raised money for the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund as well. Youth 1st founder Mark Arjes said, "Cash Wise is such a great community partner and we are grateful for all the support that Keith (Ramm), Troy (Hinrichs) and the staff give us each year through the BBQ rib fundraisers."

"Our lunch delivery to local businesses continue to grow. We send out special thank to Daikin Applied in Owatonna for including all their lunch shifts, it made this the most successful event ever!" Cash Wise presented Youth 1st with a check for $5,766 to Arjes. The news release indicates, "The mission of Youth 1st is to connect Conduct, Character and Community to youth activity programs, reclaiming the role that youth sports plays in the development of our kids."

Arjes says Youth 1st committed a portion of the funds to support a youth scholarship fund, "Owatonna Parks and Recreation has been a Youth 1st partner since 2010 and we believe that Park and Recreation programs will be in even higher demand as families conserve resources due to the economic impact of the pandemic."

Daikin Applied went 'all-in' on the rib meal deals for their employees. Alexander Prieve of Daikin said, "Daikin is grateful to play a role in the success of the Youth 1st fundraisers, allowing us to support families locally through the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund."

"Daikin Applied has been in Owatonna since 2001, and we are committed to the community and surrounding areas. We employ over 500 people in our Owatonna facility today, over 700 in our two Faribault facilites, and nearly 1,800 across all of Minnesota."

Brian Shaw won the gas grill drawing sponsored by Owatonna's Target. Watch for details on Pigskin & Pork in the fall, also hosted by Cash Wise and Youth 1st. Help set another record.

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