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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SS]
May 22, 2014
Whole Earth Provision Co. Donates Funds to Texas State Parks
Whole Earth Provision Co. presents donation check at TPW Commission meeting
AUSTIN--, Whole Earth Provision Co. presented a check for $26,828 to benefit Texas state parks at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting. The donation was the result of a month-long in-store promotion at nine Whole Earth Provision Co. stores during the month of April, as well as the proceeds from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour held in Austin in mid-April.
"We are blessed in Texas with an excellent state park system that provides an unrivaled range of outdoor adventures," says Jack Jones, Whole Earth Provision Co. founder and lifelong Texas state park advocate. "These magical places belong to the citizens of Texas and are available for all of us to visit and enjoy."
Throughout the month of April, nine Whole Earth Provision Co. stores in Texas received donations at their counters for Texas state parks. For every $20 or more donation, Whole Earth gave customers a $5 state park gift card redeemable for park entrance fees and merchandise at state park stores throughout Texas. There was also an "Ask a Ranger" in-store event where park rangers answered customer questions about state parks.
As the benefactor of the two-day Banff Mountain Film Festival held at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas state parks will use the funds to help with state park day-to-day operational expenses and enhanced visitor programs.
"We depend on public-private partnerships with businesses such as Whole Earth Provision Co. to provide additional and much-needed funding to operate our state parks," says Texas state parks Director, Brent Leisure. "The month-long promotion at one of the state's premier outdoor retailers helps us create a park experience that Texans expect and deserve."
State parks offer an affordable way to spend time with friends and family. Children 12 and under are admitted free and a Texas State Park Pass can be purchased for $70, providing free entry to state parks for a year for everyone in a pass holder's vehicle. *Correction
For more information about Texas state parks, or to make an online donation to support state parks, visit www.texasstateparks.org.
Correction: The original version of this news release mentioned a discounted rate for the pass. There are no discounted passes. Return to news release.