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2013 Gear Closet Member Appreciation Raffle - June

  • Jun 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Back in 2011 Columbia Sportswear sponsored many of the more active outdoor groups in New England - they payed the monthly user fees charged by Meetup.com and sent the organizers a random selection of hats, jackets, and shirts to promote their brand. We then used these items to recognize and reward our most active members.

Even though Columbia is no longer sending us money and stuff we still have stuff to give away! During their final shipment they sent us so much stuff we couldn't give it all away at the same time, so we tucked some of it away for later. Well, we forgot about our secret stash until we re-organized our gear room this winter and found our "raffle supplies".

To get your raffle "ticket" all you need to do is participate in an event. This is for all organizers and participants. The events you host or participate in the more chances you get. It's as easy as that. We will raffle off one item for June (hat), one for July (short sleeve shirt), one for August (long sleeve shirt), and one grand prize (jacket). The grand prize is for those who have and will participate in our events since May - September.

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So here is what we have that we will be giving away this summer...

June's Prize - Women's "Coolheaded" Ball Cap (One Size Fits Most) (suggested retail value $22)

  • Omi-Freeze Advanced Cooling. Stay cool in the heat. This thermal transfer technology disperses body heat, keeping you significantly cooler in hot weather.
  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 Sun Protection. Enjoy the sun safely. This sun protection technology helps block damaging UV rays from reaching your skin, allowing for more carefree hours in the sun.
  • Venting. Specially designed vents promote air circulation. Vents are distributed on the garment based on its intended use. Stay significantly cooler during hot weather or vigorous adventures.
  • Color - Red

July's Prize - Men's"Altimeter" Short Sleeve Shirt (Size L) (suggested retail value $45)

  • Omni-Wick Advanced Evaporation. Keeps you dry and comfortable. This moisture transferring technology moves and disperses sweat away from the body for quick evaporation, keeping you comfortable during physical activity.
  • Omi-Freeze Advanced Cooling. Stay cool in the heat. This thermal transfer technology disperses body heat, keeping you significantly cooler in hot weather.
  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 Sun Protection. Enjoy the sun safely. This sun protection technology helps block damaging UV rays from reaching your skin, allowing for more carefree hours in the sun.
  • Color - Blue

August's Prize - Men's "Bug Shield" Long Sleeve Shirt (Size L) (suggested retail value $70)

  • Insect Blocker. Keep bugs at bay. Insect blocker repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) and lasts through 70 washes, the expected lifetime of the garment. Insect blocker keeps bugs at bay so you can enjoy the great outdoors in peace.
  • Omni-Wick Advanced Evaporation. Keeps you dry and comfortable. This moisture transferring technology moves and disperses sweat away from the body for quick evaporation, keeping you comfortable during physical activity.
  • Omni-Shade UPF 30 Sun Protection. Enjoy the sun safely. This sun protection technology helps block damaging UV rays from reaching your skin, allowing for more carefree hours in the sun.
  • Color - Yellow

September's Prize - Men's "Peak 2 Peak Hard Shell Jacket (Size XXL) (suggested retail value $350)

  • Omni-Dry Ultra-breathable / Waterproof. 50% air. This extremely air permeable waterproof fabric transfers moisture vapor out of the garment at an extraordinary high rate, while still retaining wind and waterproof properties in the worst conditions.
  • Venting. Specially designed vents promote air circulation. Vents are distributed on the garment based on its intended use. Stay significantly cooler during hot weather or vigorous adventures.

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Good luck to everyone!

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  • Michael B.

    Thanks to the help of the random number generator at random.org (who else would the random group of hikers use?) the winner of the June Gear Closer Member Appreciation Raffle is Debra D (http://www.meetup.com/random-hikers/members/11517829).

    July 12, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Will do the raffle early next week when back from vacation in Italy. Only have access through my phone so would be a pain.

    July 5, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Hey Michael, Who won what prizes?

    July 4, 2013

  • Tomoko

    Hi Michael, are you going to raffle in Italy tomorrow!? :-)

    June 29, 2013

  • Amal

    Hey, why is there only one prize for women when the guys get three? Don't we go on more hikes :)

    June 8, 2013

    • Michael B.

      I gotta go with what Columbia sent me unless you want me to raid Monica's half of the gear room. Sarah L won some of the women's stuff that we gave out before.

      June 8, 2013

    • Amal

      In that case, I have my eyes on the men's XXL hard shell jacket -- it could serve as my emergency shelter if I get lost during a winter hike.

      2 · June 8, 2013

  • Jocelyn

    The raffles sound like a fun way to distribute these items! Love it!

    June 8, 2013

    • Michael B.

      Thanks. We held a few of them back in 2011 when we got all of the stuff. I wish they still sent us stuff but they pulled out of all meetup sponsorships.

      June 8, 2013

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