COGGS, Duluth Climbers Coaltion and Duluth XC Ski Club each receive 20K donation to enhance outdoor recreation in Duluth.
DULUTH, MN: Duluth-based Loll Designs, designers and manufacturers of modern outdoor furniture, announced a $60,000 donation to be spread equally among three local outdoor nonprofits: Duluth Climbers Coalition, Duluth XC Ski Club, and Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS). Since 2006, as part of their commitment to the community, Loll has contributed more than $362,000 in financial support for improved access to the outdoors with a focus on legacy outdoor projects.
“Loll is a great example of how a business can have a positive impact on our entire community,” said Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. “When they do well, we do well. I am grateful for their support and applaud their investments to our outdoor experiences.”
Checks in the amount of $20,000 were presented to representatives of each organization at a media event at Loll Headquarters in West Duluth. Attendees included Mayor Emily Larson, Loll CEO Greg Benson, and leaders from each of the three organizations.
“These funds will help us further our vision of making cross-country skiing widely accessible in the City of Duluth. The resources will help provide funding to enhance snow-making capabilities, which will not only extend the ski season 6-10 weeks each year, but also further position Duluth as a nationally recognized cross-country destination,” said Cory Salmela, Duluth XC Ski Club board member.
This donation is part of Loll’s commitment to 1% for the Planet, a global organization of companies donating at least one percent of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations. In addition, it fulfills Loll’s commitment to creating a lasting outdoor legacy in Duluth.
“It’s exciting to see how our contribution can help transform Duluth’s outdoor infrastructure,” stated Greg Benson, Loll Designs CEO. “We know our commitment inspires others to do the same. These organizations are not only great stewards of their resources, but also help improve the community where we choose to live and work.”
About Loll Designs
Based in Duluth, Minn., Loll Designs uses thoughtful original designs and unique materials to create innovative, fun and high quality products proudly crafted in the USA. We enhance people, planet and company in everything we do. Loll’s unique all-weather outdoor furniture and accessories are made from 100% recycled plastic. Best known for its modern Adirondack chair, Loll produces more than 200 different products sold at retail stores domestically and abroad. Loll products are also specified for commercial projects around the globe. Loll’s vision: “Loll inspires people to appreciate the outdoors.” Visit Loll Designs at www.lolldesigns.com.
About Duluth Climbers Coalition
The Duluth Climbers Coalition is a nonprofit 501(c)3 advocacy organization made up of local Duluth climbers, outdoor recreation educators, and business owners. Our goal is to secure and preserve access to climbing crags located within the city of Duluth, and to promote local climbing for participants of all ages and abilities and across all climbing disciplines (bouldering, rock, ice, and mixed climbing).
Duluth Climbers Coalition Contact: Dave Pagel at 218-606-0578 or [email protected]
About Duluth XC Ski Club (DXC)
Founded in 2004, the Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club (DXC) promotes healthy lifestyles, fitness, and fun through cross-country skiing by providing programs, informational resources and special events to the community. DXC works to accomplish its mission by promoting and supporting cross country skiing in Duluth, providing cross country skiing resources and information to the community, offering opportunities for youth and adults to ski, race and socialize, and preserving, maintaining and enhancing ski trails and facilities. The Duluth XC Ski Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DXC Contact: Cory Salmela at 218-590-4448 or [email protected]
About Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS)
COGGS was started in 1994 when the Superior Bikers and the North Star Bike Club combined. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, COGGS’ mission is to improve the cycling opportunities for citizens of the Twin Ports for generations to come. As an organization, we are dedicated to building an expansive network of multi-use trails in the Twin Ports that are sustainable, accessible and provide a high level of recreational enjoyment; preserving our area’s green spaces and connecting our communities via natural surface trails; providing races, social events and group rides for members to enjoy and meet other outdoor recreation enthusiasts; maintaining our trail system through volunteer and paid trail maintenance crews; and educating the community on responsible trail use and care-taking. As of 2011, COGGS is a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
COGGS Contact: Pam Schmitt at 320-766-4323 or [email protected]