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Olsen's Grain Checker Up America Award | Community Leadership AwardOlsen’s Grain was recognized by Purina Animal Nutrition with the “Checker Up America” Community Leadership Award.  Mike Olsen and Michelle Gronek received the award in February 2015 during a Purina Animal Nutrition Dealer meeting in Austin, Texas.  The “Checker Up America” Community Leadership Award is presented to a handful of Purina dealers who exemplify community service and leadership.

“Olsen’s Grain is proud to receive this award,” said Michelle Gronek, General Manager with Olsen’s Grain.  “Community service and giving back to the Northern Arizona community whom we serve is part of who we are.  Olsen’s Grain is managed by a family that cares about the community, their employees and the customers they serve. The Arizona Equifest, FFA, and fundraising are some of the ways we give back to the people who have supported Olsen’s for so many years.”

Below is the citation that was presented to Olsen’s Grain employees Mike Olsen and Michelle Gronek.

When calling Olsen’s Grain “a pillar of the community” it is not an exaggeration. The Olsen family believes taking care of their employees and the community at large is an important aspect of having a thriving business.

They organized a fund-raising event and donated the proceeds to help support the families of the fallen 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain tragedy in Arizona.

Every year they hold the Arizona EquiFest Team Roping, which raises funds for the Olsen’s Scholarship Fund. This scholarship supports local high school students. In past years they’ve also held Team Roping events to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

And for the past 12 years, they present an equine and pet mega-event called Arizona EquiFest. The event is free to the public. One year, proceeds from EquiFest were donated to the Yavapai County Food Bank.

FFA is an organization very near and dear to their hearts. They have held team roping competitions to raise funds to support the chapters in their area. Additionally, they support the chapters through direct donations and allow fundraising activities in all their stores.

They donate dog food to all the K-9 units in Yavapai and Coconino counties for the life of the dogs.

Olsen’s also supports the Yavapai County Humane Society and United Animal Friends annual events, as well as discounted dog food throughout the year for the shelters.

Olsen’s Grain believes in giving back to the community that has supported their business for over 40 years. It is this pride in their community that makes them such a beloved and respected business by their customers.

Mike and Michelle, congratulations to you and your folks back home. Well done!