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Mountain Hardwear and Montrail Announce 2010 Gives Back Grants

RICHMOND, Calif. (February 17, 2010) – Sister companies Mountain Hardwear, Inc. and Montrail® are pleased to announce the 2010 recipients their respective Gives Back Grant programs. For 2010, the Gives Back Board of Directors, all employees of the two companies, worked to narrow the focus of both Gives Back programs.

Mountain Hardwear Gives Back: Getting youth outdoors and fresh water. Mountain Hardwear’s primary focus for the first half of the year is Helping to Create the Next Generation of Outdoor Enthusiasts. In the second half of the year, the focus will shift to supporting research about the fresh water crises occurring in mountainous regions of the world. Stay tuned...

For the first half of the year, Mountain Hardwear will once again focus on funding and raising awareness about organizations that provide opportunities for underprivileged youth to attend an outdoor camp. Ten camps across the country where chosen to be part of the program. In addition to receiving funds, the camps benefit from added traffic to their websites driven by Mountain Hardwear’s outreach and social media efforts. For every visitor to the Gives Back landing page and clicks on the Send a Kid to Camp button between now and April 15, 2010, Mountain Hardwear will donate one dollar towards the cost of camp for a youngster who would not normally have that opportunity, up to $40,000 total.

The following programs are part of the 2010 Send a Kid to Camp program:

    Big City Mountaineers – Denver, Colorado
    City Wild – Denver, Colorado
    Girl Ventures – San Francisco, California
    Kismet Rock Foundation - North Conway, New Hampshire
    Outdoor Outreach - San Diego, California
    San Jose Inner City Outings, Sierra Club – San Jose, California
    St. Louis Inner City Outings, Sierra Club – St. Louis, Missouri
    SOS Outreach - Avon, Colorado
    Summer Search - New York, New York
    Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES) - Richmond, California

Additional Mountain Hardwear Gives Back grants for 2010 are awarded to the following organizations:

    Access Fund
    American Alpine Club
    American Mountain Guides Association
    American Hiking Society
    Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies
    Conservation Alliance
    Leave No Trace
    Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition
    The Outdoor Foundation

More information about the Mountain Hardwear Gives Back program can be found here.

Montrail Gives Back: Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Trails. Montrail’s primary focus has been narrowed to support trail running as a healthy lifestyle choice. For 2010, the board recognizes a local need for support of community races and school running programs in Montrail’s backyard of the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs supported by Montrail for 2010 include:

    Richmond YMCA Bayfront Run
    Berkeley Athletic Fund
    Richmond/Oakland area middle school running programs
    Conservation Alliance
    HERA Climb4Life Run

Montrail’s secondary focus on maintaining and preserving healthy trails was supported with a fundraiser at the Winter Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah in January. Montrail sold the Sabino Trail shoe to raise funds and awareness for wilderness designation of the Hardrock 100 Trail in Southern Colorado.

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