First Descents Chosen as Beneficiary of Ski Party Fundraiser

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For the second straight year, nonprofit First Descents will receive all funds raised at the EPIC Foundation's annual '80s Ski Party, taking place October 21 at Denver's Mile High Station. Last year's donations exceeded $30,000, allowing First Descents to provide outdoor adventures for ten young adults battling cancer. Funds provided by events like the Ski Party have helped First Descents to triple its number of programs in the last year.

Tickets for the party are $45 if purchased in advance, or $50 at the door. More information is available at

Summit for Someone Pairs Philanthropy and Climbing

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Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving urban youth through outdoor expeditions, announced the eighth season of its Summit for Someone fundraising climb service. Participants in the Summit for Someone program receive the chance to travel, climb the world's premier mountains and impact the lives of urban youth by raising funds for Big City Mountaineers.

Applications Open for The North Face Explore Fund Grants

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The North FaceThe North Face announced the beginning of the second cycle for their 2011 Explore Fund grant program. Aimed to support youth involvement in the outdoors, the fund will provide $125,000 in micro-grants to non-profit organizations that spur youth outdoor engagement. This year the fund will reward non-profits with grants totaling a quarter of a million dollars. Overall, the fund has provided $425,000 in grants to foster a stronger relationship with the outdoors, encourage an active lifestyle and protect natural landscapes.

Sierra Designs Teams with Terramar for Tornado Relief

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Sierra Designs logoSierra Designs hasjoined baselayer manufacturer Terramar in their "Community Rebuilding... From the Inside Out" project.The outdoor equipment and apparel manufacturer is providing 750 jackets to families affected by the massive tornados in Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama earlier this year.

Portland Seed Fund Invests in Homeschool Snowboarding/Cocona

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Portland Seed FundThe Portland Seed Fund has announced its inaugural group of investments—eight companies which were chosen from a pool of 128 applicants. The fund’s goal is to invest $25,000 in 10 to 15 companies each year, and backers of the fund include the Portland Development Commission, Oregon Growth Account, City of Hillsboro, OEN Catalyst Fund, and individual angel investors.

Out of the chosen companies, of interest to the outdoor industry is Homeschool Snowboarding, a brand that creates highly breathable snowboarding outerwear featuring Cocona Xcellerator technology.

NY Commuter Bike Riding Grows 14 percent from Last Year

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I bike nyMayor Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan have reported a 14 percent increase in commuter bike riders compared to last spring, continuing the trend of significant growth in the number of New Yorkers choosing to commute via bicycle. Commuter cycling has increased by 62 percent when compared to spring of 2008 and by 262 percent overall since 2000.

Icebreaker's Jeremy Moon Helps Launch New Zealand's Pure Advantage Environmental Responsibility Group

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Pure AdvantageJeremy Moon, founder and CEO of Icebreaker, has teamed up with other respected Kiwi business leaders to form Pure Advantage. The nonprofit organization, which launched on July 7, aims to protect and restore New Zealand’s pure, environmentally responsible image, which, according to the Pure Advantage founders, is in rapid decline due to neglect and is affecting the bottom line for the country’s tourism and export sales.

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