THE DENALI FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR AND GRASSROOTS OUTDOOR ALLIANCE
Guilford, CT. (2/23/17) – The Denali Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from Columbia Sportswear and the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a network of independent specialty retailers, through the Columbia/Grassroots Belay Grant Program. The Denali Foundation was nominated for the grant by local retailer Denali. These funds will support a scholarship for five underprivileged students to attend Camp Hazen YMCA overnight summer camp. They will also be used to make sure the students have the proper clothing and gear needed to have a good camp experience.
“It will be great to give five students the chance to go to camp that would never normally be able to afford to go. We especially like the Camp Hazen program because it is an overnight camp experience that helps build relationships, independence, and memories that last a lifetime. The staff comes from all over the world so students also get a unique cultural experience,” explains Todd Raskin, president of The Denali Foundation.
Columbia and the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance award annual grants to support local conservation and outdoor education projects across the country through a competitive application and review process. Since 2012, this program has provided over $500,000 in funding and product support to projects across the U.S. nominated by Grassroots retail members.
“We’re proud to support local outdoor conservation and education projects through the Belay Grant Program,” said Scott Welch, Global Corporate Relations Manager at Columbia Sportswear Company. “Collaborating with the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance and local retailers like Denali allows us to identify projects and organizations that best serve the community.”
The Denali Foundation
The mission of The Denali Foundation – Getting Kids Outdoors is to develop, support and fund community outreach programs that promote youth and family engagement in the outdoors and to protect access to local green spaces. The Denali Foundation believes that every child should have access, opportunities and encouragement to experience the outdoors and connect with nature for their physical, emotional and educational well-being.
The Denali Foundation provides direct financial support to organizations and programs that are focused on improving the health and wellness of our youth and on restoring and preserving the environment and urban open-spaces for their ongoing use and enjoyment.
Columbia, the flagship brand of Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company, has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938. Columbia has become a leading global brand by channeling the company’s passion for the outdoors, and an innovative spirit into technologies and performance products that keep people warm, dry, cool and protected year-round. To learn more, please visit the company’s website at www.columbia.com.
About Grassroots Outdoor Alliance
The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is a group of independent outdoor retailers organized to serve the needs of its member operating over 100 independent specialty outdoor stores throughout North America. Grassroots is dedicated to creating benefits to its members through sharing information, fostering communication, promoting best business practices and protecting our natural environment, locally and globally. To learn more visit www.grassrootsoutdoors.com.