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MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR WAREHOUSE SALE AGAIN BENEFITS THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE

Mountain Hardwear raised $5,140 for The Conservation Alliance at its Fall 2007 warehouse sale. The company gave a 10 percent discount and a t-shirt to any customer that made a $20 donation to The Conservation Alliance. The contribution will help the organization in its ongoing efforts to protect wild places where outdoor customers recreate.

The November event was the fourth time Mountain Hardwear has integrated a fundraising promotion into the sale. In total, the three events have raised more than $15,000 for The Conservation Alliance.

“Once again, Mountain Hardwear has found a creative way to support our efforts,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of the Alliance. “By including The Conservation Alliance in the company’s Factory Sale, Mountain Hardwear has not only raised much-needed funds, but also provided valuable visibility for our efforts to protect North America’s last wild places.”

James Bottoms, Mountain Hardwear’s Director of Operations, conceived the fundraising idea in 2006, and colleague Taylor Shoop developed the t-shirt concept.

“We are excited to support The Conservation Alliance through our Factory Sale,” said Bottoms. “It reminds us and our customers that there is more to our business than product.”

Mountain Hardwear is a long-time Conservation Alliance member with a strong commitment to conservation. The company supports the Alliance through its Gives Back program (http://www.mountainhardwear.com/GivesBack.aspx). In addition to contributing annual dues the Alliance’s grant fund, the company has helped promote environmental causes important to them. Mountain Hardwear regularly features information about conservation efforts in catalogs, and encourages employees to be active in these campaigns.

“Mountain Hardwear’s added support comes at an important time for The Conservation Alliance,” added Sterling. “We have some great opportunities to protect our wildlands and rivers, and every extra donation enables us to better seize those opportunities.”

DR. JOHN FRANCIS TO SPEAK AT CONSERVATION ALLIANCE BREAKFAST

The Conservation Alliance Breakfast at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Show will feature guest speaker Dr. John Francis, an inspiring speaker and renowned expert on oil spill prevention.

Dr. Francis is known the world over as the Planetwalker. In 1971, he witnessed an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The effects of the spill compelled Francis to stop using motorized vehicles. Several months later, he took a vow of silence. His non-motorized lifestyle lasted 22 years, and the silence 17. During that time John walked across the United States earning a B.A at Southern Oregon State College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. He later sailed and walked through the Caribbean and then walked the length of South America.

“We are fortunate that Dr. Francis will share his story with us in January,” said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance Executive Director. “I know his message of how one person can make a difference will resonate with our audience.”

Dr. Francis will speak about his journey, his unique perspective on environment, and how we each can make a difference in our world. Dr. Francis is the author of Planetwalker: How to Change Your World One Step at A Time.

In addition to Dr. Francis’ talk, The Conservation Alliance Breakfast will feature an update on recent Alliance grantees and conservation successes funded by the Alliance. The Conservation Alliance Breakfast is open to the public. For complete information, see http://conservationalliance.com/articles.

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