Ten Red River Valley potato growers and shippers donated more than $80,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, raised through selling bags of potatoes with pink ribbon Kwik Lok tags.
The donation was presented by Ted Kreis, marketing director for the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, East Grand Forks, Minn., and Randy Boushey, co-owner of A&L Potato Co., East Grand Forks, who handed the check directly to founder Janelle Hail.
“As a result of the Red River Valley’s support, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is able to fulfill its mission to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need,” Hail said in a news release. “The promotion was a huge success, and we are honored by the effort and dedication put forth by each and every potato grower.”
Also participating were Folson Farms, JG Hall & Sons, NoKota Packer, Northern Valley Growers, OC Sulz & Sons, Peatland Reds, Ryan Potato Co. and Tri-Campbell Farms.
“Just about everybody personally knows of a person or family that has been affected by breast cancer, so we feel very good about raising money to fight this disease,” Boushey said in the release.