Midwest supports sports complex

Published 9:26 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jenna Zache, Midwest Energy Cooperative administration and finance support specialist, presents the Midwest Employees Give Back award to Ed Patzer, chairman of the Edwardsburg Sports Complex board of directors.

The employees of Midwest Energy Cooperative and Midwest Propane provided a $500 donation this week to the Edwardsburg Sports Complex (ESC) through the Midwest Employees Give Back (MEGB) fund. The request for support was made by Jenna Zache, administration and finance support specialist.
ESC was created to provide safe and well-kept facilities for community sports in Edwardsburg and the Midwest region. It will allow for the growth of other athletic opportunities and new sports leagues, and promote health, fitness and well being for adults and children alike.
Plans ultimately include at least six baseball/softball fields, eight soccer fields and two football fields. There will also be concession stands, fitness trails and playgrounds.
The $500 MEGB donation will specifically support insulation and weatherization efforts for office and building space used in managing and maintaining the facilities.
MEGB is the charitable giving fund operated, governed and funded by the employees of Midwest Energy Cooperative and Midwest Propane.
More than $16,000 was pledged by the collective employee family in the first year of the program. Employees determined that two-thirds of the collected money would be split between Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the remaining one-third of the funds would be reserved for distribution to local organizations and individual efforts as requested by members of the employee family and approved by the Employee Involvement Committee.