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Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust
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The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) has earned a reputation as the leading turfgrass organization of its kind in the country. In its more than 50-year history, OTF has granted more than $4.5 million to turfgrass research and student scholarships.

The Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust (OTRT) was developed as a 501 c 3 organization whose sole purpose is to support research and education in the turfgrass industry.

OTRT is governed by a six-member Board of Trustees including a President, Treasurer and four Trustees. All OTRT Board members are approved by the OTF Board. Current OTRT Board members include:

Mr. Todd Voss, Double Eagle Club (President; Term expires January 31, 2018)
Mr. Mark Grunkemeyer, Buckeye Ecocide (Treasurer, Term expires January 31, 2018)
Dr. Chuck Darrah, CLC Labs (Trustee, Term expires January 31, 2017)
Mr. John Mowat, Century Equipment (Trustee, Term expires January 31, 2019)

Mr. John Prusa, Highpoint Lawn Care/Turfware (Trustee, Term expires January 31, 2019)
Mr. Jason Straka, Fry Straka Global Golf Course Design (OTF Liaison)

Funds for OTRT are generated through various programs throughout the year, including the live auction during the OTF Conference and Show, but the largest source of revenue comes from the Founders Club.

The Founders Club is an exclusive group of donors who want to ensure the future of of turfgrass research in Ohio. The goal of the Founders Club is to raise more than $500,000, with the understanding that the principal will never be spent. The interest generated from this fund will be available to support specific research projects, purchase equipment for the OTF Turfgrass Research & Education Facility and support student scholarships.


Founders Club members are divided into multiple categories. Each category is defined by the amount pledged by the donor. Donors have five years to fulfill their pledge amount.

DIAMOND - $25,000
PLATINUM - $10,000
GOLD - $5,000
SILVER - $3,000
BRONZE - $1,500
EMERALD - $500

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