ESSENTIA DULUTH HERITAGE CENTER ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED GIFT FROM TODD & SUSAN JOHNSON TO HELP SUSTAIN THEM THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC Duluth, MN — When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of 2020, the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center faced a seemingly impossible financial challenge. For over a decade the Center had prided itself on running like a business and now, like so many other local businesses, the Center was facing a dire financial future. The Essentia Duluth Heritage Center was created to inspire and empower Northland youth to become the best that they can be. And it was in this moment of uncertainty that a northland family stepped up to show leadership and community support in an unprecedented way. Their gift spanning 16 months will carry the operations of the Center through the current pandemic. The Johnsons have been significant community supporters for over three decades. In addition to their entrepreneurial efforts, they have also been remarkably generous in financially supporting several nonprofit enterprises in our area. They have long been impressed by the community’s creation and support of the Heritage Center. They endorse the Center's mission of citizenship, personal responsibility and community. Still, it came as a surprise when Pat Francisco, he Center’s Foundation Chair, received a call from Todd Johnson. “He called me out of the blue,” Pat said, “and asked about our organization’s current stress level. I told him, honestly, that it was on yellow and trending to red.” That was all Todd needed to hear. “Maybe I can help,” Todd said. In a moment of nationwide instability and uncertainty, a family in our community has once again stepped up to support the work of the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center, continuing the proud legacy of Jerry DeMeo and the late Dick Loraas. “The Essentia Duluth Heritage Center is a community treasure,” said Todd Johnson. “Like so many other businesses impacted by this time, they had expenses that needed to be paid. We thought it was important that someone from our community — someone who has been blessed with the resources to help — step in to do so and help them keep their crucial mission going.” “It’s so important that people with the resources to do so give back to the community we all call home,” said Todd. “We can be a force for good and show vital organizations that, when the chips are down and the future is not certain, there are people who will step forward and help” “The Johnsons saw a community need and they took action,” said Pat. “They acted on their love of this community and its care for our children. “We sincerely thank the Johnsons for their charitable leadership at such a critical time.” The Johnsons, in their crucial support of the work of the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center, are a real-life example of the words of Franklin Roosevelt when he said “we cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." About The Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Completed in 2008, the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center is a facility which provides an environment that inspires and promotes a healthy lifestyle through diverse, quality opportunities with special emphasis on youth sports and the programs of the Boys and Girls Club. About the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation The Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation exists to support the mission of the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center and to promote the values that encourage personal responsibility and citizenship.
Programming is being modified to align Youth & Adult Sports Guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Please visit City of Duluth's Webpage and get on the Parks & Recreation Page. There you will be able to register for Open Skates!
These Open Skates will be 3pm-5pm. Please check the rink schedule to see which Sunday's will have open skates!
CLICK PICTURE TO GO TO CITY OF DULUTH WEBSITE - THEN CLICK SKATING!
Duluth area businessman, and strong supporter of the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Tom Wheeler, passed away in his Tucson, Arizona home last Friday June 26th. He was 74 Years old. Tom had a passion to support the Duluth community. Here at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center you will see Tom’s name and photo on our Sill Arena Mezzanine. The Thomas B. Wheeler Collegiate Athlete Wall is a huge presentation of hockey players that have played at the next level. The special part of the wall is all players on it grew up in the Duluth area. Thomas was a very generous supporter of the EDHC.
Tom grew up playing hockey and football at Duluth East High School. He later went on to play college hockey at Hamilton College in New York.
At Essentia Duluth Heritage Center, the health and safety of our users is very important.
In accordance with local and federal guidelines, we are implementing a carefully planned approach to reopening our facilities. The plan includes a commitment to social distancing, extensive cleaning procedures and other safety measures that align with CDC recommendations.
On July 1, Games/Scrimmages (both within teams and between teams) can begin. Full team practices for all sports will also be permitted onsite. For organized sports of all ages, pod sizes for non-game settings are required to not exceed 25 people per pod, both inside and outside. Intermixing between pods should still be kept to a minimum. Having pods reduces the number or people potentially exposed, should there be a case of COVID-19, and assists in quickly identifying close contacts through tracing.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends a phased in approach for the re-opening of sports. Teams and organizations should begin with inter-team scrimmages. Two weeks later, focus on playing teams in your local community followed by teams beyond your local community. It is important to research COVID-19 case activity level locally and in neighboring communities when making travel decisions as well as CDC guidance.
Each sport has a different level of contact. It is important to reduce contact between players as much as possible, even during games. It is important to remember that the more physical contact that occurs between people, the greater risk there is in spreading illness.
Information regarding Ice Hockey rental will be posted on the EDHC website soon.
Take Part in Our Pay It Forward PPE Project!
During each 4-hour volunteer session, 30 to 35 volunteers will assemble 6,000 face shields for use by front line workers needing added protection from the coronavirus. Volunteers will be provided with safety and assembly training, a T-shirt and masks, and prizes purchased from our local businesses.
In true pay-it-forward style, each volunteer session will allow us to distribute 500 masks to community members and organizations and raise $1,000 for your selected nonprofit partner.
Follow the WDIO link below for some great coverage on what is taking place in Seitz Arena!
If your own business/organization wanted to get involved please visit www.ecolibrium3.org/
Vintage Sports Camp is cancelling for the month of June
The Sports camp will look to open July 8th.
When we get new information it will be posted to this page, and our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
City of Duluth Open Skates have been postponed until further notice.
TUESDAY PRESCHOOL SKATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPEN SKATE
SUNDAY OPEN SKATES
Stay tuned for more updates!
Due to CDC protocols and social distancing our Wednesday Night Yoga classes have been canceled until further notice.
Stay connected with the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center page so you can be notified when classes start back up!
-The EDHC Staff
During the launch of our Values Banners project, we presented this video to depict who we are and what we stand for.
Check out this video to learn more about the EDHC's Values Banner Program.