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Essentia presents major grant award

The long-awaited ski season is officially in full swing at Chester Bowl. A deep snowpack is more than enough to bring folks out to the hill in December. This year our Opening Day celebration also included a major gift from our friends at Essentia Health. Members of their staff and their families presented us with a $25,000 grant award before the first lifts went up the hill!

Their generous support will impact local families for generations to come.

Photo of grant award presentation with Essentia and Chester Bowl people.
Essentia Health staff and their families join Chester Bowl for the opening day festivities to award a $25,000 grant.

Essentia Health is a consistent supporter of the Chester Bowl community. This grant award is received in addition to a similar $20,000 grant in 2019 and an $18,500 grant in 2016. Those grants helped Chester Bowl Improvement Club launch our snowboard rental program.

Essentia Health is pleased to support Chester Bowl in making outdoor reration accessible to families across the Duluth Community- planting the seeds for healthy and active lifestyles for generations to come.”

Janice Schade, essentia Health Senior Vice President, Operations.
Young snowboarders take the first lift of the season to the top of the hill at Chester Bowl.
The first lift up the hill! Chester Bowl celebrates its opening day with a major grant award from Essentia

“We simply could not provide our mission-based programs without strong support from our community partners like Essentia Health. Their consistent support has allowed us to feel secure in providing programming today while simultaneously dreaming about the possibilities of tomorrow and for the generations to come.”

Executive Director Dave Schaeffer

Chairlift lights are visible in front of a darkening ski hill.
The sunsets on Opening Day behind our new lift house.

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Private Donations Curt Leitz | 218-341-1017 | EMAIL

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