Legendary Montana Guide, Pebble Mine Activist Recognized With 2021 Orvis-Endorsed Awards

Conservationist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award among accolades delivered at the 2021 Orvis Guide Rendezvous

MANCHESTER, Vt. (April 19, 2021) — Orvis, the family-owned and -operated outdoor retailer that specializes in fly-fishing and wingshooting gear, dog products, and active lifestyle apparel, has recognized Alaska guide Brian Kraft and legendary Montana guide Paul Roos as 2021 Conservationist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winner, respectively. Both awards were recently delivered during the annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous, which took place virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every year, the Orvis-Endorsed Awards recognize the best of the brand’s endorsed partners and designate the Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year, Wingshooting Lodge of the Year, Fly Fishing Guide of the Year, Wingshooting Guide of the Year, Outfitter of the Year, Conservationist of the Year, and recognizes the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The Orvis-Endorsed winners are selected based on customer feedback of the nominated lodges, guides, and outfitters, as well as the operations’ commitment to stewardship of natural resources. The awards are announced annually at the Orvis Guide Rendezvous.

“The Guide Rendezvous is one of my favorite events every year, as it brings together so many at the forefront of fly-fishing and wingshooting world,” says Orvis President Simon Perkins. “The Orvis-Endorsed Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award are a chance to celebrate those whose passion and commitment are pushing the sport forward – for their guests, their industry peers, the greater community, and the natural resource.”

This year, Orvis named Brian Kraft of Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge as the 2021 Conservationist of the Year in recognition of Kraft’s commitment to protecting the Bristol Bay watershed, the largest and most important salmon fishery in the world. Kraft has worked tirelessly alongside the local fishing community, the indigeneous leaders of Bristol Bay, and Trout Unlimited to put a stop to the Pebble Mine project.

“From the very beginning, Brian has been in the thick of the battle, lending an endless amount of his time, energy, airplane hours, and money to stopping the Pebble Mine. Brian’s leadership, passion, generosity, commitment, and partnership with the indigenous leaders of Bristol Bay has been pivotal to keeping the Pebble Mine from being built in the heart of Bristol Bay,” says Nelli Williams, Alaska director for Trout Unlimited. “His dedication to conservation has inspired thousands of people around the country to get involved, take action, and make a difference.”

Orvis awarded its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Roos, a legendary angler, conservationist, and Montana-based fly fishing guide. Roos is remembered for his passion for conservation, and for creating meaningful relationships and memorable experiences on the water with clients and friends.

The 2021 Orvis-Endorsed Award winners:

  • — Madison Valley Ranch, Montana
  • — Flying B Ranch, Idaho
  • — Alberto Rey, New York
  • — Mike Goldsmith, Joshua Greek Ranch, Texas
  • — Lillard’s Fly Fishing Expeditions, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Maine
  • — Brian Kraft, Alaska Sportsman Lodge, Alaska
  • — TCO Fly Shop, Pennsylvania
  • — Paul Roos, Montana

Learn more about the 2021 Orvis-Endorsed Award Winners here: http://orv.is/orvisawards21

For more information, please direct Orvis media inquiries to Senior Account Manager Eric Hockman at eric.hockman@rygr.us.

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

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Contact: Eric Hockman
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d: 970-924-0704 ext. 2113

Orvis Details Inclusivity Efforts and Conservation Wins in 2020 Impact Statement

Family-owned retailer and its customers supported 48 organizations and donated $570,000 through 2020 philanthropic efforts

MANCHESTER, Vt. (April 22, 2021) — This Earth Day,Orvis, the Vermont-based, family-owned outdoor retailer, releases its 2020 Impact Report, highlighting the work and contributions the brand and its customers have made to protect wild places, increase equity and inclusion in fly fishing and improve canine well-being throughout the year. In 2020, Orvis supported 48 non-profit organizations, raised and donated $570,000 through its 5% for Nature program and Matching Grant Fund, and taught thousands of people to fly fish for free through its virtual Fly Fishing 101 program.

Read the Orvis 2020 Impact Report here: https://www.orvis.com/impact-report.html.

“2020 was anything but typical. There were a lot of uncertainties that challenged all of us to prioritize what’s most important. When you love something, you work hard to protect it, and we’re proud of what we were able to accomplish alongside our customers, employees, and partners,” says Orvis President Simon Perkins. “I feel energized by our collective community of anglers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts and I am hopeful about what we will be able to achieve through our continued commitment to protecting wild places and their accessibility for all of us and future generations.”

Protection Efforts for Bristol Bay and Everglades

Over the past decade our customers, partners, hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country have fought to protect the Bristol Bay watershed, the largest sockeye salmon fishery on earth. In late 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a federal permit for the proposed Pebble Mine due to violations of the Clean Water Act. Together with our customers and partners, in 2020 Orvis raised over $46,000 for Trout Unlimited Alaska and helped collect over 45,000 signatures in campaigns to stop Pebble Mine, helping to ensure a healthy Bristol Bay for future generations.

On the opposite end of the United States, the Everglades and Florida Coastal system are home to hundreds of plant and animal species, however, discharged water from Lake Okeechobee has driven one of the most remarkable ecosystems to the verge of extinction. Throughout 2020, Orvis raised and donated $144,000 for our partners at the Everglades Foundation and their efforts to restore fresh, clean water to the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Angling for All and fly fishing education

In the summer of 2020, Orvis became the first company to sign the Angling for All Pledge. Orvis’ vision is to inspire its customers and the outdoor community to love the adventure and wonder of the natural world. For Orvis, an insipired life in the natural world is one that is equitable, inclusive and without barriers. The pledge was created by Brown Folks Fishing and signifies a commitment to identify and eliminate barriers for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, creating a more inclusive and equitable fly fishing community focused on enacting lasting change.

Learn more about Angling for All here: https://www.orvis.com/angling-for-all.html

In an effort to broaden the fly fishing community, Orvis has prioritized creating educational resources to welcome new audiences to the sport. In a typical year, Orvis teaches 15,000 people how to fly fish for free through its Fly Fishing 101 classes held in retail stores nationwide. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orvis took Fly Fishing 101 virtual in 2020, creating free online programming that allowed 3,500 new anglers to learn how to fly fish at home.

$200,000 raised for canine cancer research

Like nature, Orvis loves dogs and in 2020, our customers helped us raise and donate more than $200,000 to Morris Animal Foundation, our non-profit partner that invests in science to advance animal health. These funds, raised through our annual Cover Dog Contest, will support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, a research project that seeks to better understand why golden retrievers develop forms of cancer and other diseases at such high rates.

Learn more about the Orvis Cover Dog Contest here: https://coverdog.orvis.com.

To read the full 2020 Impact Report, please visit https://www.orvis.com/impact-report.html, and to learn more about Orvis’s conservation efforts, please visit https://www.orvis.com/impact.html.

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

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Contact: Eric Hockman
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d: 970-924-0704 ext. 2113

Orvis Welcomes Former Athleta, Backcountry Executives to Board of Directors

Jill Layfield, Sheila Shekar Pollak bring decades of brand-building experience to support outdoor retailer in refining its omnichannel strategy and consumer experience.

Jill Layfield, Sheila Shekar Pollak bring decades of brand-building experience to support outdoor retailer in refining its omnichannel strategy and consumer experience

MANCHESTER, Vt. (Feb. 23, 2020) — Orvis, the family-owned and operated outdoor retailer that specializes in fly-fishing and wingshooting gear, dog products and active lifestyle apparel, welcomes former Backcountry and Athleta executives, Jill Layfield and Sheila Shekar Pollak to its board of directors, effective immediately. Both Layfield and Pollak bring extensive experience from renowned retailers and will provide key support as Orvis seeks continued growth and leadership in the outdoor industry. This announcement comes on the heels of recent executive leadership appointments of Reenie Benziger as chief product officer and Simon Perkins as president.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jill and Sheila to our board and are excited to leverage their combined perspectives and deep knowledge and expertise in developing our digital and omnichannel brand strategies,” says Orvis President, Simon Perkins. “We have made exciting additions to the Orvis team in the last nine months. Adding Jill and Sheila to the Orvis “family” as board members is another demonstration of our commitment to reinventing the digital experience our customers seek in today’s world. Our entire team is committed to an omnichannel approach and providing meaningful moments with consumers wherever they interact with our brand.”

Jill Layfield joins the Orvis Board as an accomplished executive in the digital space and is currently the co-founder and CEO of Tamara Mellon, a digitally led women’s luxury brand. Prior to Tamara Mellon, she served as president and CEO of the outdoor e-commerce leader, Backcountry.com. During her 11-year career at Backcountry, Layfield facilitated several private brand launches, e-commerce brand acquisitions, and saw the business grow from $30M to $500M.

“Orvis is at a very intriguing and unique moment considering its current momentum and the opportunity ahead. Orvis possesses that elusive mix of innovative product, a fervent fanbase and an appetite for reinvention. I am looking forward to working with the board and management team to go after the exciting opportunities that await the brand,” says Layfield.

Sheila Shekar Pollak joins the Orvis board as an innovative, purpose-driven marketing executive, and is currently the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the sustainable skin care brand, Biossance. Pollak spent 16 years of her career at Gap Inc., and most recently served as chief marketing officer at Athleta, where she played a key role in the brand’s evolution from a catalog-led marketing model to a best-in-class omnichannel and digital experience.

“For years, Orvis has shown a remarkable ability to build meaningful connections with consumers. A lot of brands yearn for the deep relationships Orvis shares with its customers. I am looking forward to working with leadership to identify new ways to build upon and deepen these relationships particularly as we continue to expand Orvis’ digital marketing capabilities and grow the Orvis community in the future,” says Shekar Pollak.

For more information, please direct Orvis media inquiries to Account Manager Madeline Fones at madeline.fones@rygr.us.

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world.

Orvis Names Reenie Benziger Chief Product Officer

Outdoor retailer expands its executive leadership team with the appointment of first chief product officer

MANCHESTER, Vt. (Dec. 21, 2020) — Orvis, the family-owned and operated outdoor retailer that specializes in fly fishing gear, dog products and active lifestyle apparel, announces today that Reenie Benziger has been named chief product officer, effective January 11, 2021. In this new position, Benziger will provide executive oversite for all product related functions to further Orvis’ leadership across all product categories.

“Reenie brings to Orvis impressive leadership experience from some of the world’s best product-led retailers,” says Orvis President Simon Perkins. “We have a very strong team in place that has given us great momentum over the last few years. Adding Reenie’s perspective and knowledge positions us to write a really exciting next chapter in our long-held commitment to building the best products for our customers. Her deep experience in merchandising, innovative tech design and consumer-centric product strategy will help shape and strengthen our future product offering and spearhead Orvis’ continued growth and leadership in the outdoor industry.”

Prior to Orvis, Benziger served as the vice president of global apparel at Nike, where she led the brand to discover new opportunities in the global active lifestyle apparel market. Benziger brings over 20 years of executive and senior leadership experience in the apparel industry, and has served in various leadership roles at Nike, Pac Sun, and Gap throughout her career.

In her new role, Benziger will oversee merchandise strategy in all product categories, focusing significantly on Men’s and Women’s apparel. Additionally, she will also lead the collaboration between the product design, development, sourcing and planning teams, providing support as Orvis continues to develop technical and innovative consumer-centric products. As consumers continue to demand more overlap between versatile sportswear and tech apparel, Benziger will play a large role in identifying growth opportunities for Orvis’ active lifestyle business and sustainable product solutions.

“Orvis has a deep history of developing consumer trust through thoughtful product design and impactful brand experience,” says Reenie Benziger. “I am excited to collaborate with the talented brand leaders and product teams to drive the brand forward while also identifying new opportunities to spread Orvis’ passion of protecting nature and cultivating positive outdoor experiences for its consumers.” 

For more information, please direct Orvis media inquiries to Account Manager Madeline Fones at madeline.fones@rygr.us.

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

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Contact: Madeline Fones
madeline.fones@rygr.us
d: 970-924-0704 ext. 2111

Brown Folks Fishing Tackles Racism and Inequality in Fishing Industry with New Pledge

The Orvis Company to become first Angling for All pledgee

LOS ANGELES (JULY 29, 2020) — Brown Folks Fishing (BFF), an organization committed to building community and expanding access among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in fishing and its industry, has launched the Angling for All Pledge. The pledge seeks to dismantle systemic barriers to entry and participation at all levels of the fishing industry. Joining the effort as the inaugural pledgee is The Orvis Company.

“Fishing has deep roots in the BIPOC community, yet our voices are vastly underrepresented,” says Tracy Nguyen-Chung, executive director of BFF. “We are proud to launch the Angling for All Pledge which establishes a commitment to equity and inclusion in the angling community. It is an opportunity for those within the fishing industry to cultivate the knowledge and understanding necessary to eliminate barriers and commit to radical and lasting change.” 

The Pledge has been in development since late 2018 and is inspired by the work of Teresa Baker and the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge. It establishes a commitment to addressing racism and inequality throughout a pledgee’s internal culture, consumer-facing behaviors, and broader community. At its core is a curriculum developed by Brown Folks Fishing in partnership with Erica Nelson and Sydney Clark of REAL Consulting, an organization that works with clients to develop strategies for anti-racist organizational culture. The curriculum provides education and resources for brands and organizations to enhance equity and diversity across staff, executive teams, athletes, ambassadors, guides, and throughout the organization’s media and marketing.

“As Indigenous and Black women, our work at REAL builds upon our own experiences and perspectives, as well as those of other marginalized people,” says Erica Nelson of REAL Consulting. “The goal of the Angling for All curriculum is to identify issues of access and participation in the outdoors and provide the tools and resources necessary to move forward in solving these issues. Not all individuals or organizations are the same. We will work with businesses and professionals on an individual basis to establish a custom set of programming and initiatives that set participants on their own unique paths to eliminating barriers and creating change in the industry. Our workshops invite everyone, regardless of their background, to add to the narrative and ensure that it is continuously evolving and culturally relevant.”  

As the inaugural pledgee, Orvis will work with REAL Consulting and Brown Folks Fishing to move through the pledge curriculum and create a plan of action upon completion.  

“We are honored and grateful to have such a strong partnership with Tracy and the team at Brown Folks Fishing,” says Simon Perkins, Orvis president. “Their mission to build capacity, access, resources, visibility, and a solid community for anglers of color makes the sport stronger, and we are excited to sign the pledge as an acknowledgment of our commitment to this critical work. This is an opportunity for us to explore our own blind spots and unconscious biases and an important step forward in Orvis’s history of passion and commitment to access, inclusion, and stewardship in fly fishing.”

Those who successfully complete the Pledge will have the opportunity to be included in the BFF Directory, which features Brown Folks Fishing’s recommendations for guides, instructors, experiences, shops, brands, and organizations from across the industry committed to equity and inclusion. The Directory will be available publicly as an information resource to anglers.

Guides, instructors, outfitters, media platforms, organizations, brands, companies, and other professionals across the fishing industry are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply to the Pledge, please visit: www.brownfolksfishing.com/pledge

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ABOUT BROWN FOLKS FISHING

Brown Folks Fishing is a community-based organization founded in 2018 by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) anglers. We cultivate community for BIPOC in fishing and its industry. BFF is a space to build together and a movement to expand access. We do our work through storytelling, grassroots organizing, events, and community-building.

Our work is as much about stoke as it is about our survival. We seek to reimagine fishing as a gateway to conservation. We reimagine because the framework of conservation as it exists is deeply rooted in white supremacy, erasure, and colonialism. We reclaim and lift up the narratives that Black and Brown people have with deep roots in fishing, and connection to land, water, and community. By reclaiming these roots, we can shift the narrative around who is, can, and should be on the water; whose full selves can be brought to the water.

www.brownfolksfishing.com

ABOUT REAL CONSULTING

REAL (Reconcile, Evolve, Advance, Lead) Consulting believes that anti-racist education involves a life-long commitment to the practice of seeking to understand ourselves, people, and our shared environment. REAL strives to build a customized durable foundation for clients at all points in their journey toward an anti-racist organizational culture. We reach this together by emphasizing personal reflection, interdisciplinary historical analysis, and compassion for people. Founded in 2018, Sydney Clark and Erica Nelson saw the need to weave our personal stories into our curriculum led with storytelling combined with executive leadership development, as this builds authenticity and trust toward a more equitable outdoor community.

www.consultreal.org

ABOUT ORVIS COMPANY

Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

The Orvis Company Appoints Simon Perkins President

Third generation to assume leadership of family-owned, 160-year-old outdoor retailer

MANCHESTER, Vt. (May 26, 2020) — Orvis, the family-owned outdoor retailer, announces the appointment of Simon Perkins to president, effective immediately. Perkins will assume full strategic and operational leadership of the company as president, and is the third generation of the Perkins family to lead Orvis since 1965. Outgoing president/CEO Bill McLaughlin, who has worked closely with Perkins on the Orvis executive team, will act as an advisor through the transition period.

“We have worked hard over a decade to position Orvis to thrive in the omnichannel retail environment of the future. Simon is the ideal leader to drive our brand forward, continuing to inspire our customers, associates, and partners to lead more fulfilling lives rooted in our core pursuits of fly fishing and wing shooting with dogs at our sides,” says Marka Hansen, Orvis chair. “Since joining Orvis in 2012, Simon has served as a unifying leader across departments and categories, overseeing significant growth in our Orvis Adventures business, and acting as a leading voice in the evolution of product innovation, brand storytelling, and purpose-led business initiatives. I have enjoyed working closely with Simon and I am thrilled to see where he takes this company in the future.”

As chief operating officer since August 2018, Perkins has overseen the execution of the company’s long-term strategic planning. Perkins started at Orvis in January 2012 as the e-commerce merchant for fly fishing and hunting, with channel responsibility for the brand’s direct-to-consumer sales of core sporting products. He has since filled leadership roles across the merchandising, adventures and brand marketing teams, serving as vice president of brand marketing prior to his appointment as COO.

Before joining Orvis, Perkins spent 11 years as an upland hunting and fly fishing guide in Montana, sharing his love of the outdoors, fishing and hunting with clients. In his time at Orvis, Perkins has championed projects aimed at diversifying the sport of fly fishing, such as the 50/50 on the Water initiative and the Breaking Barriers Award, which highlights individuals broadening the fly fishing audience. Perkins also serves on the board of Trout Unlimited Headwaters, and has been a driver of Orvis’s involvement in advocacy for conservation projects in locations such as Bristol Bay, Alaska, and Florida’s Everglades.

Simon Perkins is the son of Leigh “Perk” Perkins, former Orvis CEO, and grandson of Leigh H. Perkins, who purchased The Orvis Company in 1965.

“This company has meant so much to me throughout my life as I’ve watched it grow into the brand it is today. Over the past 160 years, Orvis has gone from a catalog mail-order company to a globally recognized fishing, wing shooting, and lifestyle apparel brand that is deeply invested in education and conservation,” says Perkins. “Orvis has the ability to make this world a better place, to inspire others to get outside, explore and connect with the outdoor wonders of the world. I look forward to working with our incredible team and partners to continue providing best in class products and service to our customers, and guiding the company and our community into the future.”

In addition to the appointment of Perkins, the board of directors for The Orvis Company recently named Marka Hansen chair and Roger Farah vice chair and special advisor to the president, effective immediately. Hansen is a former executive with The Gap and Banana Republic, and currently serves on the board of Stitch Fix and J.Jill. Farah has previously worked as a consultant and executive with retail brands including Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren. Both Hansen and Farah have a deep appreciation for the Orvis lifestyle. Hansen is a devoted angler, hunter and dog lover, while Farah is passionate about bird hunting and sporting clays. “Perk” Perkins and David Perkins, who previous held the chairman and vice chairman roles, will retain at-large seats on the board of directors.

Please direct media inquiries to Madeline Fones at madeline.fones@rygr.us

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

Contact: Madeline Fones
madeline.fones@rygr.u
d: 970-924-0704 ext. 111

Orvis Launches Bevy of Virtual Fly-Fishing Educational Opportunities Online and on Cable Television

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Outdoor retailer continues serving educational mission with online fly fishing instruction and second season of popular fly fishing instruction show .

MANCHESTER, Vt. (April 30, 2020) — Orvis, the family-owned outdoor retailer that specializes in fly-fishing gear and education, takes its proven teaching methods for anglers online, offering one-on-one lessons and other educational opportunities to those homebound by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the popular television show the “Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” is launching new episodes on cable television and digital streaming platforms throughout the spring.

Beginning immediately, Orvis Adventures is offering programs that will allow participants to refine their casting and angling skills remotely. The virtual programming includes two packages including video analysis, one-on-one instruction and in-depth feedback from Orvis instructors. The packages range in instructor involvement and price, but both promise to aid participants as they work to improve their casting at home.

For more information on virtual instruction opportunities, visit https://www.orvis.com/fly-fishing-schools.

“Sharing the sport of fly fishing through educational experiences and adventures has been our passion for over 160 years,” says Orvis COO Simon Perkins. “This spring, we’ve found that people are craving education and experiences more than ever, so in this time when we aren’t able to physically come together on the water we’ve designed alternative ways to connect with our community. We hope that our catalog of videos and resources can inspire people to take this time to learn something new and refine skillsets, whether it is to help facilitate safe and responsible moments in the outdoors today or future adventures down the road.”

In addition to virtual casting instruction, Orvis is now releasing new episodes of the popular “Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” series on television and digital platforms throughout the spring.

The “Orvis Guide To Fly Fishing” was originally made popular on cable television in 2012, when thousands of anglers learned the basics of fly fishing from Orvis’s Tom Rosenbauer, an award-winning fly fishing author and podcaster. The second season, which highlights advanced fly fishing techniques and tactics, is being broadcast on The World Fishing Network weekly and is shared on the show’s YouTube channel post-broadcast.  

The World Fishing Network is offering a free, three-month preview to non-subscribers on many major television service providers. Viewers can also find the complete first season and new episodes from season 2 of “The Orvis Guide To Fly Fishing” on YouTube at:  www.youtube.com/channel/UCxGQMCT70DALylKj9CQl2sw.

Furthermore, in recent weeks the Orvis team has committed to sharing educational experiences, including multiple fly-tying workshops each week, through its Facebook platform. These Facebook Live videos, as well as Orvis’s full collection of video content, are available on The Orvis Company YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCGOi5_3PkvM1FLHR_jXM7MQ.

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

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Contact: Madeline Fones
madeline.fones@rygr.us
d: 970-924-0704 ext. 111

Orvis Partners with Local Manufacturers to Support Roanoke Homeless Community During COVID-19

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Orvis Partners With Local Manufacturers to Support Roanoke Homeless Community During COVID-19

Outdoor retailer is producing 2,000 masks per week for local non-profit organization

MANCHESTER, Vermont (April 10, 2020) — Orvis, the Vermont-based outdoor retailer, is working together with local partners near its Roanoke, Virginia, fulfillment center to manufacture masks for the homeless in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand has increased for non-medical grade face masks since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation that individuals wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Orvis’s efforts will directly support Roanoke-based non-profit Rescue Mission, an organization providing shelter and resources for the regional homeless population.

“There is a very real need for masks among our homeless population here in Roanoke,” says Roanoke Rescue Mission CEO Lee Clark. “These masks are making a tremendous difference in keeping people safe, particularly those with existing medical conditions who are at greatest risk of infection.”

Orvis is collaborating with local furniture manufacturer Chervan to cut patterns, which Orvis is using to stitch together the face masks. Currently, Orvis employees are able to produce up to 2,000 masks each week, the majority of which are donated to Rescue Mission. These masks will be used to protect members of the local homeless community who may be more vulnerable to infection and complications, as well as Rescue Mission staff who are caring for these community members.

“The impact of this pandemic on our communities is heartbreaking, particularly the impact we are seeing on the homeless. We have a long-standing relationship with Roanoke Rescue Mission and we’re proud to help,” says Ken Smith, Orvis VP of customer operations.

In addition to the masks being produced for Rescue Mission, Orvis is also providing masks to its own team members in Roanoke, who are working to ensure customers are continuing to receive excellent service from Orvis.

To make additional donations, and to learn more about the nonprofit Rescue Mission, please visit: https://rescuemission.net/ways-to-give/. To learn more about Orvis, and its other philanthropic programs, please visit: www.orvis.com

About The Orvis Company: Founded in 1856, we believe the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K., and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. We promise to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences, and to protect nature by committing 5% of our pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide. www.orvis.com

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Contact: Madeline Fones
madeline.fones@rygr.us
d: 970-924-0704 ext. 111