The Otsego County business community has a reputation for being extremely generous to local charities, and, despite the unknowns with the pandemic, business owners continue to share. This spring, Extreme Power Sports is a prime example of that generosity. Like so many businesses, Extreme Power Sports faced challenges adjusting to pandemic guidelines, but, overall, it was a successful year for them. Owners Chris and Renee Markovich didn’t take the success for granted – instead they explored ways to give back.

From March 1st – March 31st, Extreme Power Sports committed to donating $100 for every SnowCheck snowmobile pre-ordered for 2022, up to $10,000, to the COVID-19 response fund of Otsego Community Foundation.

“While it isn’t uncommon for businesses to set up programs like this with a portion benefitting a local cause, it is unique to have it result in such a large gift,” stated Dana Bensinger, OCF Executive Director. “We were honored to be the chosen charity, but had no idea the impact it would have. The efforts of Extreme Power Sports could really be a game changer for some of our COVID-19 relief grants.”

“We are fortunate that we, with the help of our awesome customers, are to be able to give back to the community we love. There is a great need to help our community recover and Otsego Community Foundation was the perfect fit to get those funds where they are needed the most.” stated Extreme Power Sports owner Renee Markovich.

“We are so grateful to Extreme Power Sports for this very generous gift to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Last year at this time, donations were steady. But as pandemic fatigue sets in, contributions have slowed down and at the same time we are learning about critical needs for our community to recover. This gift is going to help community programs continue in a safe way. Thank you, Extreme Power Sports!” said Dana Bensinger.

If you know of a community program that has been impacted by COVID-19 and is in need of grant funding, please encourage them to apply here.