Half-Moon Outfitters Raises Record $8000 for The Nature Conservancy

Half-Moon Outfitters Raises Record $8000 for the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy through the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

COLUMBIA, SC (MAY 5, 2011) – Half-Moon Outfitters presented a check in the amount of $8,000 to the SC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. It represents Half-Moon Outfitters' largest annual donation yet to the Nature Conservancy. The donation comes from the proceeds from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops that Half-Moon Outfitters hosts in South Carolina.

On March 23rd, 25th and 26th in Columbia, SC and Greenville, SC, Half-Moon Outfitters hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops. This year's tour featured a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Over 1,500 audience members were able to experience an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world while helping The Nature Conservancy at the same time.

“We host Banff screenings in Columbia and Greenville so that outdoor enthusiasts in the Palmetto State can enjoy the festival's highly creative adventure films. We donate proceeds to The Nature Conservancy because it is instrumental in protecting the lands and waters that make outdoor recreation healthy and accessible,” said Half-Moon founder and owner Beezer Molten. “We are especially pleased with this year's turnout, the proceeds of which are a record for this event.”

“The Nature Conservancy is delighted to receive this generous donation and sincerely appreciates Half-Moon Outfitters' ongoing support of our work in South Carolina,” said SC Chapter Executive Director Mark Robertson. “Half-Moon is always ready to partner with us, not just via Banff but throughout the year. Beezer's energy and enthusiasm set him apart as an entrepreneur, and we congratulate him on Half-Moon's being named SNEWS® and Backpacker Magazine's 2011 Sustainable Business of the Year and Retailer of the Year. We're also excited about Half-Moon's soon-to-open new Columbia store, which is being renovated commensurate with LEED standards.”

Half-Moon Outfitters is especially grateful to all the sponsors who helped to make the festival such a success including Gore-Tex, The North Face, USC Campus Recreation Outdoor Recreation, Coffee & Crema, Community Tap and The Great Escape.

Half-Moon Outfitters, founded in 1993 and based in Charleston, S.C., features clothing and gear for adventure and travel. Offering lines that include Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco, Black Diamond and Mountain Hardwear, experienced staff members guide customers through equipment selection with safety, comfort and fun in mind. Half-Moon employees share a love of the outdoors with a commitment to the environment. Half-Moon Outfitters has eight stores in South Carolina and Georgia and also a Web-based store. For more information, visit www.halfmoonoutfitters.com .

The Nature Conservancy is the world's leading conservation organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its nearly 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org/SouthCarolina.


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