SUNSET® Gives Back to the Tomato Capital of Canada
KINGSVILLE, ON - A strong passion and a deep appreciation for the regions in which we live are both hallmarks of our industry. For Mastronardi Produce®, giving back to the community that it calls home has always been something that the fourth-generation, family-owned company holds close to its heart. With the importance of community at the core of their values, the team is rallying support for the Tomato Capital of Canada with the announcement that the recently built amphitheater located in Leamington will be named SUNSET® Stadium.
“This was an easy decision for us. Since my great-grandfather first purchased a farm on Oak Street 70 years ago, our roots have been here in Leamington,” Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce, shared. “This is a way to give back to the community that has given us so much support and has helped us grow into who we are today.”
The outdoor theater is located near the shores of Lake Erie in Seacliff Park and features a concrete pad with capacity for 300 people and grass seating for 5,700. It hosts a range of special events, concerts, and celebrations, and provides a hub for the community to come together.
This recent effort is one of many that mark the relationships with the community that Mastronardi Produce has cultivated, having donated millions of pounds of fresh produce to local charitable organizations such as food banks, community shelters, and school nutrition programs over the years. Purchasing the naming rights to the amphitheater is just one of many meaningful philanthropic initiatives the company has undertaken for its local community, according to a press release.
Mastronardi Produce has been a leading participant in community events that support foundations such as the MS Society of Canada and Autism Ontario and has also hosted many of its own community events to support local youth and promote the greenhouse industry. These events include a week-long camp adventure for local youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camp—dubbed CAMP-ARI—and Sliced Leamington, a live cooking competition for both youth and adults.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Mastronardi Produce,” said Mayor Hilda MacDonald. “Mastronardi Produce is a great community leader, and we are proud to associate our waterfront jewel with a trusted national brand like SUNSET®. We look forward to working with the Mastronardi Produce team to continue to enhance entertainment experiences along our waterfront for Leamington residents and visitors alike.”
Congratulations to Mastronardi Produce and the surrounding Leamington communities for leading by example, year in and year out!