(Courtesy Westminster College)

With the goal of “getting people outside,” the Gear to Grow program will host a Benefit Sale at Westminster College on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Behnken Field House in the Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center.

From jackets and snowpants to boots and googles, the Benefit Sale will include a variety of gently used outdoor clothing for people of all ages. All proceeds from the event will go to Gear to Grow, a not-for-profit program dedicated to granting people of all abilities and economic means access to outdoor adventures.

Founded by two Westminster alumni, JT VonLunden (MBA ’06) and Corey Kirkwood (MBA ‘06), Gear to Grow has grown into a very successful social entrepreneurship venture.

“This sale is a win, win for the community,” said VonLunen. “We will have great gear at great prices, and all purchases go directly to the rapidly expanding Gear to Grow Program.”

Liz Rogers, Westminster’s Outdoor Recreation Program director, also expressed her enthusiasm with supporting the event stating, “We are very excited to host the Benefit Sale here at Westminster to help fundraise for Gear to Grow’s important mission. We will have volunteers from our Outdoor Rec Program who will help sort the clothes and assist with promoting awareness for their program.”
Students and the public have been invited to take advantage of the event that includes non-resale-able gear donated by Backcountry.com. So far this year, Backcountry.com has donated approximately $120,000 worth of gear to Gear to Grow.

About Gear to Grow:
The Gear to Grow Program allows outdoor retailers and manufacturers to donate gear for a tax deduction and for the benefit of educating the public and getting more people involved in outdoor recreation. Simply put, they broker gear between the donors and organizations getting people involved in the outdoors. For more information on Gear to Grow, visit www.geartogrow.org