Outdoor Industry Association Presents Senator Lamar Alexander With 2005 Friend Of The Outdoor Industry Award

Posted on April 14, 2005

BOULDER, CO (April 14, 2005) – Frank Hugelmeyer, President of Outdoor Industry Association, awarded Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with the 2005 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award today at a ceremony held in Washington D.C. The Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award is given each year during the OIA Capitol Summit to Members of Congress in recognition of their legislative leadership the previous year on outdoor recreation related issues. “I am pleased to recognize Senator Alexander for his determined work to ensure federal investment in outdoor recreation and parks for communities all across the United States,” remarked Hugelmeyer. “As a lead sponsor of the Americans Outdoors Act last year, Senator Alexander was instrumental in securing a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In his work on this bill, Senator Alexander demonstrated a passionate commitment to the importance of recreation opportunities for all Americans.” The Americans Outdoors Act would have guaranteed $1.4 billion in annual funding for outdoor programs, including full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and $125 million for the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery (UPARR) program. “There is nothing more central to the American character than the great American Outdoors. That is why there is such a large conservation majority in the United States," said Alexander. "We must plan ahead for future generations to make sure we have places to enjoy our outdoors. I appreciate the Outdoor Industry Association's support as we work together on these issues." In addition to Senator Alexander, Hugelmeyer also recognized Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu with a 2005 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award for her role in co-sponsoring the Americans Outdoors Act. During the ceremony, Hugelmeyer was joined by Joe Royer CEO of Outdoors, Inc. in Memphis, TN and Ed McAlistair of River Sports Outfitters in Knoxville, TN and event sponsor Woolrich, who presented Senator Alexander with a Woolrich green and black plaid wool shirt in honor of the red and black plaid shirt he wore while walking 1000 miles across Tennessee during his campaign for Governor. Past recipients of the Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award include Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) in 2004, Representative Dave Obey (D-WI) and Representative Nancy Johnson (R-CT) in 2003, Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA) in 2002, and Representative George Miller (D-CA) and Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) in 2001. Media contact Michael Lee Marketing and Communications Manager Outdoor Industry Association mlee@outdoorindustry.org 303.444.3353, ext 216 About Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) is a national trade association whose mission is to ensure the growth and success of the outdoor industry. A wide spectrum of leading manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of outdoor recreation equipment and services, as well as other related business entities make up OIA's membership. OIA programs include representation in government/legislative affairs, cutting edge market research, member cost saving benefits and consumer outreach initiatives to grow participation in outdoor activities and promote healthier lifestyles. For more information go to http://www.outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.