NEW ULM - Ted and Jodi Marti are best known as the owners of Schell's Brewery in New Ulm. But their activities above and beyond the brewing of beer have earned them the New Ulm Sertoma Club's Service to Mankind Award.
The club will present the award to the Martis at the Service to Mankind Banquet on Thursday, June 23, at the New Ulm Country Club. The social hour starts at 6 p.m. and the banquet starts at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nominators for the Martis pointed to their long contributions to organizations in and around New Ulm, such as Flandrau State Park, the New Ulm Food Shelf, Bavarian Blast, Turner Hall, the Lind House, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
The brewery's tours and its Bock Fest are among the top tourist attractions in town.
The Martis have also gone above and beyond the call of duty with their participation in the Wounded Warrior Project, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, and the members of the Minnesota National Guard.
With a son serving in the military, the Martis did more than send care packages from home. They has organized steak fries and banquets for outbound troops and ted has even traveled to Iraq to cook steaks for the troops. They are organizers of the "Serving Our Troops" program, which brings troops and their families together for a special meal with live video links bridging the distance between Minnesota and the troops on active duty. Their National Guard honors include the R.O.S.E Award in 2009 for their commitment to Minnesota service members and their spouses, the Molly Pitcher Award for Jodi from the Minnesota National Guard, and the Civilian Award for Excellence for Ted, one of 17 Minnesotans to receive a national award for their support of the Minnesota National Guard.
During the brewery's 150th anniversary celebration in 2010, the Martis hosted a variety of community events, even donating and helping plant 150 trees along the New Ulm bike path.