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Stone Glacier and Blackhawk Provide Support for Montana Communities after Historic Flooding
The brands, part of Vista Outdoor’s portfolio, have made a sizable donation to the Park County Community Foundation’s flood response and recovery efforts.
Our state is a tight-knit community, and being able to lend our support to the Park County Community Foundation’s Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund is a small way we can help our fellow Montanans — we know they’d do the same for us.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Stone Glacier and Blackhawk — brands in the Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) portfolio with a significant Montana presence — this week announced they have made a sizable donation to Park County Community Foundation (PCCF) in Livingston, Mont., to support the organization’s response and recovery efforts following recent historic flooding in Southwest Montana.

Stone Glacier and Blackhawk donated to PCCF’s new fund, the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund, which serves the state’s Park and Madison Counties. The fund, a joint effort between PCCF and the Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW), was created to “support communities affected by the severe flooding in Park County, Madison County and other areas of Southwest Montana. The funding will provide support for immediate needs like emergency shelter, drinking water, food, clothing, food replacement from lost freezers and refrigerators, and will also help with clean-up and rebuilding efforts.”

The brands contributed to the fund because of a strong connection with communities across Montana at the brand and corporate levels. Stone Glacier is based in Bozeman, Blackhawk operates a manufacturing facility in Manhattan and when Vista Outdoor spins off its Outdoor Products segment in 2023, that company will be headquartered in Bozeman.

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Paradise Valley affected by the recent record flooding,” said Jeff Sposito, President of Stone Glacier. “Our state is a tight-knit community, and being able to lend our support to the Park County Community Foundation’s Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund is a small way we can help our fellow Montanans — we know they’d do the same for us.”

Vishak Sankaran, President of Outdoor Accessories, the Vista Outdoor business unit that oversees Blackhawk, echoed Sposito’s comments about the need for companies that operate in the state to help in any way they can — by donating to the flood relief fund to help reopen one of the state’s most iconic outdoor recreation areas.

“Blackhawk is proud to contribute to the fund established by the Park County Community Foundation and provide much-needed relief for flooding victims in Montana — a state that’s near and dear to our hearts,” Sankaran said. “Our company is a staunch supporter of outdoor recreation and the communities that depend on outdoor activities for their livelihood. Our thoughts are with the flood victims, and we will continue to support response efforts as these communities begin their return to normalcy.”

Fred Ferguson, Vista Outdoor’s Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, added that the company’s contribution will complement donations already made by dozens of other organizations and individuals.

“We applaud all those who heard the call and have come to the aid of flooding victims in Southwest Montana,” Ferguson said. “A special thanks goes out to Montana’s delegation of Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale for their efforts in bringing relief from the federal level. A public-private effort is the surest way to clean up the flooded areas and get residents back into their homes so they can resume their lives.”

There are a few ways you can donate to the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund:

  • Text Flood22 to 41444
  • Send a check to:
    Greater Gallatin United Way
    945 Technology Boulevard
    Bozeman, MT 59718
    (Please put “SWMT Flood Relief Fund in the memo)
  • Click here to “Donate Now”

This week, Stone Glacier, Blackhawk and Vista Outdoor also join Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte in reminding travelers that the state is open for business and ready for summer tourism. A great way to support communities impacted by the flooding — especially those in the Yellowstone area that were hit the hardest — is to visit their towns, shop locally, support the area guides and give their economies a much-needed and much-welcomed boost.

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About Stone Glacier
Bozeman, Mont.-based Stone Glacier builds ultralightweight, performance hunting gear designed for backcountry use. Stone Glacier is a result of 15 years of solo sheep hunts from the Dall country of Alaska to the unlimited districts of Montana's Beartooth Wilderness. The goal has been straightforward: build the lightest, most durable gear using only the toughest technical materials available. Stone Glacier is the preferred gear of guides, outfitters and discerning hunters. Gear designed by hunters for hunters. For more information, visit https://www.stoneglacier.com

About Blackhawk
In 1990, a Navy SEAL was navigating a minefield when his pack failed. As his gear tumbled to the ground, he vowed that if he got out of there alive he would make gear the right way. Today, this obsession with quality applies to everything we do. We’re constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide gear that won’t let you down. Because we’re not just making stuff – we’re honoring a vow.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for any one brand on its own. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fiber Energy Products, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.

For further information: Eric Smith, Phone: 901-573-9156, Email: media.relations@vistaoutdoor.com