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Tuesday September 05 2017

Bank Forward Donates to New Rockford-Sheyenne Scoreboard Project

New Rockford, ND – As part of the Bank Forward’s 90th Anniversary Pay it Forward campaign, Josh Guler, Vice President, is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation has been made to New Rockford-Sheyenne Baseball Boosters’ scoreboard project.

There’s no denying the beauty of a well kept baseball field. New Rockford-Sheyenne Athletic Director and Coach, Elliott Belquist, knows he’s got one of the best in the area. “We host a lot of games and tournaments on this field and one common thing we hear from people is, ‘wow, this field is beautiful!’” he shares. Coach Belquist and the Baseball Boosters are working to improve their field even more.

Currently baseball and football share a scoreboard that is over 20 years old and has to be switched out for each season’s respective sport. New Rockford-Sheyenne Baseball Boosters are working to raise $25,000 to purchase and install a new baseball scoreboard before they host the high school regional tournament the third week of May 2018.

“In a small town like ours, it means everything to have the support of businesses like Bank Forward,” Belquist says of this first donation received. “Without that support we wouldn’t be able to make upgrades to our facilities.”

The new baseball scoreboard will be much bigger and include additional features such as showing the scoring for all nine innings along with team hits, errors and runs. There will also be arched letters on the top highlighting the New Rockford-Sheyenne team name and logo along with side and bottom panels recognizing donors.

“For 90 years Bank Forward has been a key player in supporting community projects like this,” Guler says. “We are honored to help make this scoreboard a reality so players and fans alike can enjoy it.”

In the past the community has stepped up to the plate whether it was completely renovated the park in the ‘90s or over the last decade constructing the press box in centerfield, rebuilding the dugouts, installing seats purchased from the old Metrodome and the addition of an irrigation system. “These projects were done with donated time or money, which we would not have been able to do without the generous people of New Rockford,” Belquist explains. “We have one of the nicest parks in the area. We just feel this scoreboard is another opportunity to enhance what we have and add a valuable feature to our field.”

For more information on the scoreboard project or to make a donation, please contact Elliott Belquist or Linus Allmaras.

About Bank Forward: Bank Forward has operated as an independent community bank since 1927. Bank Forward operates under one charter with twelve bank offices, eleven insurance agencies and two tax offices with locations in North Dakota and Minnesota. The bank offers a complete line of personal and commercial financial, insurance and tax services.

Photo (l-r): Bank Forward’s Julie Ehni, New Rockford-Sheyenne Athletic Director and Coach Elliott Belquist, and Bank Forward’s Deb Rud.

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