Toro announces four ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ finalists
The Toro Company has released the four finalists of its "Ready. Set. GROW!" grant program, opening the selection process to the public to decide on this year’s winner.
“We created this grant program to give back to the community and help support growers and organizations in their effort to apply more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices,” said Judson McNeil of the Toro Giving Program. “Each organization deserves to win, and we’re thrilled to help in some way with their efforts.”
The finalists include California-based Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton, which is staking its bid on a program that trains active-duty service members and veterans in sustainable agribusiness; North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, which would use the funds to educate the community on irrigation and water management; Project Fine – Colorful Growers from Winona, Minn., which would promote water-saving technologies in addition to healthy diets and exercise; and Visalia, Calif.-based Shannon Ranch Elementary School, which would install a drip irrigation system for the school garden, where students go to learn about life sciences.
The community grant program will funnel $15,000 to growers and non-profits that champion sustainable practices.
Voting for the public will be open through Nov. 19 to determine which organization will receive the largest grant of $7,000. The second-place winner will receive $4,000, while the third and fourth-place winners will each get $2,000.
Sears and Kmart to open their doors on Thanksgiving
Sears and Kmart stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day for customers and Shop Your Way members who wish to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
"Sears and Kmart have been leaders in integrated retail, delivering convenient options to create a more rewarding shopping experience for our members, while blurring the boundaries between offline and online shopping," said Leena Munjal, SVP customer experience and integrated retail, Sears Holdings. "Our Shop Your Way members have the option to shop anytime, anywhere and anyway they want – especially during the busiest shopping weekend of the year."
Beginning at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 11 p.m. on Black Friday, shoppers can access deals at Kmart for 41 straight hours. Meanwhile, Sears will be open beginning on 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving through 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
Shop Your Way is also extending options to its members via free store pickup for friends and family and the Shop Your Way, Sears and Kmart mobile apps.
Following an overwhelmingly positive response from customers last year, this is the third year that Sears will be open on Thanksgiving Day. More than 1,000 doorbusters will be available at Sears until 1 p.m. on Friday.
Kmart has been serving early-bird shoppers on Thanksgiving for 22 years.