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The Outsiders Ball Officially Sells Out, After Party Open to OR Attendees

The Outsiders Ball after party, sponsored by Eddie Bauer, kicks off at 9:30 and is open to the first 1000 Outdoor Retailer attendees.

– The Outsiders Ball, a fundraiser for The Outdoor Foundation and outdoor community projects across the United States, is officially sold out, thanks to overwhelming support from the outdoor industry. To accommodate those without an Outsiders Ball ticket and to keep the party going for ticketholders, an after party will begin promptly at 9:30. Sponsored by Eddie Bauer, a $20 donation gets partygoers two drink tickets, great music and a chance to win Eddie Bauer prize packs.

Both the Outsiders Ball and after party will be held at the Gallivan Center on July 30, kicking off at 6 pm on the eve of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The “party-with-a-purpose” is expected to draw more than 700 industry leaders, including executives, key retailers, members of the media and emerging thought leaders. Nearly 50 outdoor companies have signed on as sponsors of the event, including PLATINUM SPONSORS: Backpacker, The Conservation Fund, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, The North Face, Gore, Outside, Thule, Chaco, edcUTAH, Outdoor Industry Association, Periscope, Vasque, Confluence Watersports, Eddie Bauer, GORE-TEX®, Outdoor Retailer, SNEWS, Wolverine Worldwide, prAna, GOLD SPONSORS: Aesthetica, GSI Outdoors, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Timberland, Wolverine, Baird, Marmot, PrimaLoft, Yakima, Carhartt, Merrell, Stella, Yue Yuen, Weld, SILVER SPONSORS: Big City Mountaineers, Cushe, Patagonia Footwear, Take Me Fishing, Burton, Gramicci, Saucony, Cat Footwear, JanSport, Sperry Top-Sider, Vibram, BRONZE SPONSORS: adidas, Petzl, River Sports Outfitters, Stanley, Teva

The event will consist of interactive areas where attendees will shape the conversation and content for the evening. Areas include Story Corps – attendees can share the experiences that have shaped their love for the outdoors in a ‘confessional-style’ video booth; Artist Corner – featuring a “Beyond the Doors” installation by Jeremy Collins; Industry Ideation – where attendees will be led in a series of quick, impromptu symposiums by Gregg Bagny; The Forest of Worthy Causes – which will showcase 100 Outdoor Nation projects that span the country and a range of outdoor activities; The Futurist Project build, where our community’s emerging talents will lead a spirited dialogue about the new customer and how they will connect with the outdoors; a live auction full of unique experiences to be won, live local music, great food and libations.

Les Stroud, Canadian musician, filmmaker and survival expert, best known for hosting the Discovery Channel television series Survivorman, has joined The Outdoor Foundation’s Outsiders Ball as the master of ceremonies. In addition to officiating, Les will perform with his band, the Campfire Kings, combining music with a dynamic multimedia experience.

“We are thrilled at the industry’s overwhelming support of Outsiders Ball,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation, the organization hosting the Ball. “With only a few days to go, the Ball is slated to be the must-attend industry event of the year. Most importantly, we hope high attendance will translate into support of youth-led projects across the U.S. and elevate the conversation around the importance of getting more young people outside and active. ”

On the creative front, The Outdoor Foundation named Periscope the agency of record for Outsiders Ball. One of the nation’s most creative firms, Periscope, a full-spectrum impact agency headquartered in Minneapolis, has been instrumental in the overall design and event experience – helping to set the tone for the eclectic evening.

The Outsiders Ball launches The Outdoor Foundation’s multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign, raising $300,000 to end the disconnect between youth and the outdoors. For more information on the Outsiders Ball, visit To connect via social media, visit @outsidersball on Facebook and twitter and use #outsidersball.


About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action oriented outreach, and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: and