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9.10.13 - The Mankato Area Foundation announced their gift today of a skating rink to the City of Mankato. The rink will be an addition to Sibley Park and will be made of a synthetic material allowing it to be operational during our winter months- regardless of the weather and varying temperatures.
This new attraction will be named the Mary Dotson Skating Rink in memory of Mary Katherine Dotson who maintained a skating rink at “Dotson Park” across from her family’s home in West Mankato for over 50 years. Mary, or Grandma Dotson, is remembered by generations of neighborhood children who recall her passion for providing a fun activity for local families during the long winter months. Read Full Release
“Like the original neighborhood rink, the Mary Dotson Skating Rink will focus on recreational skating and we hope area children and their families will visit Sibley Park and take advantage of this new attraction,” stated Bryan Sowers, Mankato Area Foundation board chair. “We are thrilled to honor Mary by donating this state of the art rink to the City of Mankato. This is a great example of the work the Foundation is able to accomplish when generous donors leave a legacy to our community. The Dotson Family has a long history of philanthropy in this community and we are pleased to use their designated fund to support this project.”
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Mankato - Mankato Area Foundation presented a check for $500,000 today to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. This is the largest single gift donated from the Foundation to a local nonprofit organization. The contribution was granted through the Dotson Family Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation that is managed by the Foundation as a donor advised fund. Read Full Story