St. Paul, Minn. – November 16, 2012 – The Polaris Foundation recently presented Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), with a check for $10,000. Polaris made this donation during the 2012 Spring and Fall Flood Run® motorcycle rides.
“The Flood Run events are a great way for the public to enjoy a day of riding that will benefit children served by Gillette throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin,” says Josh Fulkerson, Polaris Industries, Victory Marketing Manager. “We are delighted to make the donation and are very proud of our ongoing support of Gillette and the important work that it does.”
The Flood Run motorcycle events are one of the oldest and largest motorcycle runs in the Midwest. Funds are raised by purchasing official Flood Run merchandise and wristbands, which give riders discounts at stops as they travel along Highway 61 in Minnesota and Wisconsin 35. Bikers with motorcycles of all makes and models come together to help raise funds for children at Gillette. In 2012, the Spring and Fall Flood Runs raised a total of $85,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. For more information about the Flood Run visit www.floodrun.org.
“We’re grateful for the donation from Polaris and their participation in the Flood Runs on behalf of the children served by Gillette,” said Darlis Clausen, director, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
About Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Gillette is an independent, not-for-profit hospital and clinics, that is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs. As, the nation’s first hospital devoted to the treatment of children with disabilities, Gillette’s mission is to help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life. In a nationwide survey by U.S. News Media Group this year, Gillette ranked 12th in pediatric orthopedics and 39th in pediatric neurology/neurosurgery, an increase over the 2011 national rankings. For more information, visit www.gillettechildrens.org.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.