In May, River Wranglers received an email from Patagonia, asking if they would like to participate in the Voice Your Choice Program.

The impetus behind the program is Patagonia’s desire to give money directly to our community in a way that helps a local environmental cause. Environmental activism is the backbone of Patagonia and giving to local environmental groups working on local issues is part of their mission. They believe that activism takes many forms, and voting (in national, state or local elections) is the beginning of how we get involved in local environmental issues.

Patagonia selected their top five organizations and invite the public to vote on the one that will receive a $4000 donation. The winner is determined by the most votes received.

The program launched in the store June 10 and ends July 19, 2008. The voting place is the Patagonia Outlet, situated on White Fir, off 4th Street and Woodhaven in Reno, west of McCarran Blvd.

River Wranglers set up a table Saturday, June 21 from 10:00-1:30 at the store. Silver Stage High School graduates, Kiley Woosley and Adam McGuire worked with River Wranglers coordinator, Linda Conlin, to introduce the non-profit to the public.

“We are so excited to be one of five organizations selected.” exclaimed Linda Conlin, River Wranglers coordinator. “But living in rural Nevada creates a challenge for residents to support River Wranglers because of the distance and cost of fuel. If you are shopping or have appointments in Reno, please consider going to the Reno Patagonia Outlet Store and voting.”

The reception to announce the winner of the Voice Your Choice Progam will be August, 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The public is invited to the Patagonia Outlet that evening as the winner is announce. You are invited to join the festivities and learn about other environmental causes in the area.

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