Sean Penn Wins the Goorin Bold Statement Award for His Harvey Milk Role

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Goorin Brothers announces the creation of a monthly Bold Statement Campaign to award bold people. The Bold Statement candidates are evaluated on what drives them to act and are chosen for the timeliness and effectiveness of their particular Bold Statement. The winners are recognized for their personal courage, community contributions and positive impact on the world. Goorin Brothers has chosen Sean Penn as the first Bold Statement Award winner for his achievement in winning such attention for the topic of gay rights in marriage and to support the legal challenge of Proposition 8 in California.

For more than a century, our hat making business has been driven by 'boldness' so we want to recognize bold individuals who inspire us and drive change in the world

Goorin Brothers, known around the globe for its glamorously-hip, artist created and steeped-in-tradition collection of expertly-crafted hats, announces the creation of a monthly Bold Statement Campaign to award bold people. The Bold Statement candidates are evaluated on what drives them to act and are chosen for the timeliness and effectiveness of their particular Bold Statement. The winners are recognized for their personal courage, community contributions and positive impact on the world.

Goorin Brothers has chosen Sean Penn as the first Bold Statement Award winner (http://www.goorin.com/bold-statement-award/march). Sean Penn is an actor and writer, recognized for his great Oscar-winning performances as well as his truth-seeking journalism. He fearlessly articulates his bold views against the Iraq War, the response to Hurricane Katrina and now, gay rights. It's his sense of passionate and palpable courage, both as an actor and activist that compelled Sean Penn to inhabit the persona of Harvey Milk.

"For more than a century, our hat making business has been driven by 'boldness' so we want to recognize bold individuals who inspire us and drive change in the world," said Ben Goorin, great-grandson of founder Cassel Goorin, and current president and CEO. "The Bold Statement Campaign will be our way of celebrating the bold people we admire like Sean Penn and contribute to their philanthropic efforts."

To celebrate Sean Penn's achievement in winning such attention for the topic of gay rights in marriage and to support the legal challenge of Proposition 8 in California, Goorin Brothers will donate a portion of its March profits to the Courage Campaign. The Courage Campaign is an online organizing network that empowers over 600,000 activists to push for progressive change in California and is working towards building a grassroots army to fight for marriage equality and repeal Proposition 8. Additionally, the company awarded Sean Penn with a Soloman Goorin hat that is suited for his bold and to-the-point, yet classy character. Customers can view this hat and others at http://www.goorin.com/shop/959/Goorin%20Hats/SOLOMAN.html.

About Goorin Brothers, Inc.
Since Cassel Goorin first sold Goorin hats out of the back of a horse cart in 1895, the company has evolved into celebrated purveyors of contemporary, street-smart hats sold worldwide. Blending retro fashions with ultra-modern, unexpected fabrics and washes, Goorin constantly reinvents vintage hats and adds new styles to appeal to a variety of wearers. For more history, ideas and information, visit http://www.goorin.com.

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