Giving back to the community in which its own roots are planted has always been something Mastronardi Produce holds close to its heart. As a fourth-generation family-owned company, the importance of community is at the core of its values. Now, the company is showing its support for the Tomato Capital of Canada with the announcement that the recently built amphitheater located in Leamington will be named SUNSET® Stadium.
“This was an easy decision for us. Since my great-grandfather first purchased a farm on Oak Street 70 years ago, our roots have been here in Leamington,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO of Mastronardi Produce. “This is a way to give back to the community that has given us so much support and has helped us grow into who we are today.”
Purchasing the naming rights to the amphitheater is just one of many meaningful philanthropic initiatives the company has undertaken for its local community. Over the years, the company has donated millions of pounds of fresh produce to local charitable organizations such as food banks, community shelters, and school nutrition programs. They have been a leading participant in community events that support foundations such as the MS Society of Canada and Autism Ontario. They have even hosted many of their own community events to support local youth and promote the greenhouse industry, such as CAMP-ARI, a week-long camp adventure for local youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camp, and Sliced Leamington, a live cooking competition for both youth and adults.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Mastronardi Produce,” said Mayor Hilda MacDonald. “Mastronardi Produce is a great community leader and we are proud to associate our waterfront jewel with a trusted national brand like SUNSET®. We look forward to working with the Mastronardi Produce team to continue to enhance entertainment experiences along our waterfront for Leamington residents and visitors alike.”
Located near the shores of Lake Erie in Seacliff Park, the outdoor theater features a concrete pad with capacity for 300 people and grass seating for 5700. It hosts a range of special events, concerts and celebrations, and is an important gathering place for the municipality.
The new name is effective immediately.