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Ninkasi Brewing Company and Sterling Bank Team Up to Give Back to Local Organizations

Jun 27, 2013 Comments (0)  | Tags: Press Release

Together, the Companies Pledge $37,500 to Support Local Non-Profits and Community Organizations

EUGENE, Ore.—June 27, 2013—In partnership, Ninkasi Brewing Company and Sterling Bank have pledged to donate $37,500 to local non-profits and organizations throughout the Eugene area this year. Announced today, six local organizations will receive $6,250 each to help provide needed support for advancing each organization’s mission in the community.

Sterling joined Ninkasi to help finance its current expansion taking place in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. With a steadfast commitment to the communities where they operate, the two companies decided to do more than just build a brewery together, but to help build a stronger community at the same time.

“Building a business is in essence building a community, through the connection to our staff, our partners, our customers and the communities where we operate,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and co-founder of Ninkasi. “When we all work to support each other, we all grow together.”

“Sterling is proud to partner with Ninkasi, who shares our passion for improving lives, strengthening communities and helping others,” said Carol Mangan, Sterling Bank’s Oregon market president. “We are excited to offer our combined support to each of the selected organizations.”

Selected by a panel from each company, six local organizations were chosen based on their commitment to the community and alignment with the values of both companies.

“Our teams worked together to select a group of organizations that as a whole, promote better living for all,” explains Ridge. “We chose groups that not only help ensure we all have access to clean water and food, but are also committed to education, art and culture.”

In support of this, Ninkasi and Sterling are proud to announce the six recipients, each receiving a $6,250 donation:

FOOD for Lane County- FOOD for Lane County is the county’s regional food bank dedicated to alleviating hunger by creating access to food. This is accomplished through soliciting, collecting, rescuing, growing, preparing and packaging food for distribution through a 100-member network of human services agencies and programs. More than 6.7 million pounds of food is distributed through FOOD for Lane County.

Junior Achievement- Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on program. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

Long Tom Watershed Council- The Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) works collaboratively and proactively for clean water and abundant fish and wildlife on behalf of current and future generations. LTWC specializes in assisting private property owners and bringing grants to the community, and has received international, state, and local awards for its diversity of membership, approach to work, and actual results for more than 15 years. LTWC recently launched the Amazon Creek Initiative, adding to its successful Model Watershed, Restoration & Education, and Trout Migration Study programs.

McKenzie River Trust and The Berggren Demonstration Farm- The McKenzie River Trust is committed to a future in which intact, functioning ecosystems provide clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and productive natural landscapes throughout western Oregon. In a partnership that includes Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development (CPRCD), and the McKenzie Watershed Council, the Trust manages the Berggren Watershed Conservation Area to explore the integrated development of community food systems, appropriate farming practices, and fish and wildlife habitat conservation across a 92-acre property on the lower McKenzie River.

Oregon Cultural Trust- The Cultural Trust is Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in arts, heritage and humanities. It believes that supporting Oregon’s culture makes practical sense. As an investment, it creates vibrant community by strengthening the economy, improving education and bettering the quality of life for all Oregonians.

• United Way of Lane County and it’s Day of Action Initiative- In honor of its Day of Action, United Way of Lane County has pledged to assemble 1,000 literacy kits to children living in Lane County. The kits will be distributed to children through the Summer Reading Spot program hosted every summer by United Way of Lane County at multiple parks in Springfield and Eugene Promise Neighborhoods.

Celebrate These Organizations with Ninkasi and Sterling Bank!Ninkasi Brewing Company and Sterling Bank will honor each of these organizations with a check presentation on July 24th from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. on the Ninkasi patio. Free and open to the public, each organization will host an informational table. Event details will be posted to Ninkasi’s events calendar, here.

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