4-H And Bogs Gear Up And Give Back To National Youth Program

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In-Store Fundraiser and Online Video Contest Will Fund Local 4-H Community Service Projects and Raise Money for National 4-H Council

Bogs Footwear (http://www.bogsfootwear.com) is teaming up with 4-H, the nation's largest youth development organization, to launch Gear Up and Give Back, a program that will provide funding to 4-H clubs throughout Oregon and Washington and select 4-H Clubs nationwide.

This fall during the month of October, Bogs Footwear will donate $5 for every pair of Bogs sold at select retailers to the National 4-H Council in support of 4-H youth programming. The funding will enable 4-H youth to sharpen leadership skills and leave lasting, positive impacts on their communities. In anticipation of the in-store fundraising program, Bogs will also donate its 100% waterproof footwear to select winners of the Oregon and Washington State 4-H Fair competitions.

Also beginning in October, Bogs and 4-H will launch the Gear Up and Give Back online video contest to fund local 4-H clubs’ desired community service projects. To enter, 4-H clubs may submit videos detailing potential service projects they would like to activate in their community. Video submissions will be hosted on the 4-H Facebook page. Two winners will be awarded a cash donation to help execute the projects and make a positive impact on their communities.

“We could not be more proud to support 4-H and embark on what we hope is a long-standing partnership,” explained Bill Combs, founder and president of Bogs Footwear. “Bogs was born on the farm for hard-working people in need of quality footwear. So we feel we share many of the same values as 4-H members and volunteers, who are a terrific example of how hard work can make a positive impact on our communities.”

4-H serves more than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities. As the youth development program of the nation’s 111 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach, enabling 4-H'ers to stand out among their peers by building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.

"We are delighted to team up with Bogs Footwear through the Gear Up and Give Back program," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. "A recent study conducted by Tufts University indicates that compared to their peers, 4-H youth are three times more likely to give back to their communities. Funding provided by this partnership will surely strengthen our 4-H'ers interest in building their leadership skills and leaving lasting, positive impacts on their communities."

For more information about the partnership, including participating retailers in the 4-H and Bogs Gear Up and Give Back in-store fundraising campaign and details on the online video contest, visit http://www.bogsfootwear.com.

About Bogs:
Since 2002, Bogs has been making warm, waterproof and comfortable all-weather boots for people who work (or play) in the most uncomfortable conditions. With more than 40 years of experience in the shoe industry, Bogs offers durable footwear made with high-quality materials for the men’s, women’s and kids’ outdoor, casual, industrial, hunting and agricultural industries. For more information about Bogs, please visit http://www.bogsfootwear.com, “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bogsfootwear or follow @BogsFootwear on Twitter.

About 4-H:
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implemented by the 111 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about 4-H at http://www.4-h.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/4-H.

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