Basin Electric selects Gateway to Science as recipient of Christmas Charity Challenge


Basin Electric selected the Gateway to Science center as the recipient of the $26,000 check from Northwest Contracting’s Christmas Charity Challenge.

On Jan. 9, Northwest Contracting presented a check for $26,000 to the Gateway to Science center following the Christmas Charity Challenge, where decorated trees hung from cranes at Basin Electric’s Headquarters expansion project and the Mandan Athletic Complex construction site.

As part of this week-long challenge, representatives from Basin Electric and the Mandan Athletic Complex were each asked to designate a charity to be the recipient of the campaign’s donations. Basin Electric selected Gateway to Science and the Mandan Athletic Complex chose a fund to support Elianna Vasquez, the St. Mary’s High School student who was recently injured in a home explosion that took the lives of her mother and stepfather and destroyed her home. The charities earned $1 per vote, and were capped at $25,000 per charity. Both received the maximum amount, as well as an additional $1,000 given by an anonymous donor.

“We would like to thank Basin Electric for choosing Gateway to Science as its charity,” said Jerry Splonskowski, one of Northwest Contracting’s owners. “We were overwhelmed by the response, and are excited that we were able to give the maximum amount to each of the charities.”

Amanda Wangler, Basin Electric project manager III and director on Gateway to Science’s board, says the money will go toward its capital campaign to build a new facility and purchase new exhibits. It will also assist with its outreach projects across North Dakota.

Read the story from when the trees were first displayed: ‘Christmas Cranes’ at Basin Electric, Mandan Athletic Complex to raise money for local charities.

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