Vote To Award $5,000 To Local Enviornmental Groups

Kind of a cool thing, support our local environmental groups!

Patagonia Seattle to Award $5,000 to Local Environmental Groups in 2nd Annual Community-Selected ‘Voice Your Choice’ Campaign Vote September 24-October 24 at Patagonia Store

SEATTLE, WA — Put Patagonia’s money where your mouth is! Cast your ballot in the outdoor clothing manufacturer’s second annual “Voice Your Choice” campaign to help Patagonia’s Seattle store decide how it should distribute $5,000 in grant money to three local environmental organizations. The top vote-getter will be awarded $2,500, with the second- and third-place organizations receiving $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

Local groups nominated for the award are Sightline Institute, Woodland Park Zoo, and 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living. Votes will be accepted at the store at 2100 First Avenue from September 24 through October 24. Participants can cast one vote per store per visit. No purchase is necessary.

The candidates were selected by Patagonia store members based on their local focus and range of environmental concerns. Consumers can learn more about the groups by visiting their websites as well as attending “Table Day” presentations by each organization that will be hosted by the store over the next few weeks. Winners will be announced in early November.

Patagonia retail stores in 25 communities throughout the country will be participating in the Voice Your Choice campaign as part of the company’s well-known support for environmental causes, including a separate Environmental Grants Program that has generated more than $34 million in grants since 1985 by donating 1% of annual sales to environmental organizations worldwide.

“Every day, local environmental organizations make a difference in the community. Our Voice Your Choice program helps them continue their work as well as spreading the word about projects taking place in our backyard,” said store manager Nicole Mamola. “Seeking community input in how to distribute the funds is our way of raising public awareness about local environmental issues and hopefully getting more people involved in protecting the planet.”

“Last year’s Voice Your Choice program distributed $100,000 to local environmental groups and was very well-received in participating communities. People were eager for the opportunity to have a say in grant decisions that will directly affect their quality of life or that of their children,” said Vickie Achee, Head of Marketing for Patagonia’s North America Retail Division. “We’re repeating the program this year to extend that opportunity and enable other organizations to benefit from the funds.”

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