Curl Mesabi Foundation
The Foundation was established in 2015 to promote community health, wellness and well-being through the support of a variety of curling athletic activities in the Quad Cities area of Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron and Virginia.
The foundation’s fund raising sources include private and corporate donations, and a variety of events and curling activities including the Quad Cities Fun ‘Spiel. Funds are managed wisely to support the long term viability and growth of curling related projects.
Currently the foundation has four dedicated funds, donors may specify a particular fund. If no fund is indicated, donations will go to General Legacy Support.
General Legacy Support Fund
Special projects will be identified on an on-going basis.
2016 – A donation from the Virginia Foundation allowed the Curl Mesabi Foundation to purchase 50 new curling brooms to be used by new curlers at open houses and other introductory curling events.
Rock Replacement Fund
The life expectancy of our current curling stones is about 15 years. That means around 2031 we will need to purchase 128 rocks – the price tag is about $80,000. The Foundation has created a Rock Replacement Fund. The goal is to raise $6,000 a year for 14 years starting in 2017.
2017 – Thanks to generous donors we have achieved our 1st year goal of $6,000.
Junior Development Fund
Our junior curlers are the future of our sport. Most every Sunday afternoon during the curling season you will find dedicated volunteers sharing their passion for our sport with 60-70 youth. Our young curlers range from 9 to 19 years of age; not only are they having fun, but they are learning a lifetime sport that they will be able to play their whole life.
Foundation funds will:
1. Support school efforts to develop curling programs.
2. Encourage junior participation in regular leagues.
3. Support competitive player development.
4. Junior Curler Scholarship – two $500 scholarships will be awarded every year to high school seniors who are curlers. Scholarships will go to one girl & one boy entering college in the fall. To apply for the scholarships students may submit a letter to the Curl Mesabi Foundation – recipients will be chosen through a drawing.
2017 – Michael Mattson received financial support to participate in the Under 18 Nationals. This is a new USCA event being held in Milwaukee March 9-12.
2017 – Supported the Eveleth-Mountain Iron Lions Club Junior Bonspiel.
Nels Englund Senior Bonspiel Fund
Our senior curlers are the legacy of our sport. The Nels Englund Bonspiel is our senior club championship, filled with years of tradition, pride and memories. This fund will assure the bonspiel will be held for many years to come.
2017 – Bill Hill, our most senior curler, has generously contributed to this fund to support the bonspiel for the next several years.
2016-2017 Senior League Curlers (click on photo to enlarge)
Winners of the 2017 Nels England Bonspiel
Team Love – (l to r) Mike Love, Tony Dreshar, Joe Heitzman, Demo Mayasich