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OtterBox “Partners” with Local Mentoring Organization

January is National Mentoring Month, providing OtterBox with an opportunity to promote a worthy cause and announce its 2010 sponsorship of the local organization, Partners Mentoring Youth. Introduced to Partners through the SuperStars Sports Challenge event last year, OtterBox employees really connected with the cause and so the company decided to participate on a larger scale in the coming year.

“The support that OtterBox gave in 2009 was tremendous and we are thrilled to now have this year long partnership with such a great company,” said Greg Soffe, Development Manager for Partners Mentoring Youth. “OtterBox is a fun group to work with and they have a genuine interest in making their community a better place. It’s just such a natural fit for our two organizations to come together and we have a lot to look forward to in 2010!”

A primary catalyst to OtterBox’s involvement with Partners Mentoring Youth came from one of its Business Development Executives, Shane Rabideau, who currently volunteers as a Senior Partner for 10-year-old Izayah. “I wanted to give back to the community and after exploring several options, being a youth mentor seemed to have the biggest impact,” said Rabideau of his decision to volunteer with the organization.

Partners Mentoring Youth provides various activities for partnerships to participate in throughout the year, ranging from community service to sporting events, or Izayah’s favorite, archery. Through these activities, Senior Partners not only provide a fun experience but also teach their Junior Partner important life skills like problem solving and budgeting.

Recently, several other OtterBox employees have signed-up to become Senior Partners and the rest of the company is looking forward to showing support through the sponsorship of Partners and their annual events including the upcoming Sharin ‘O’ the Green 5k Run/Walk to be held in Fort Collins, Colo. on March 13, 2010.

“Having a mentor gives Izayah and other Junior Partners a positive role model to push them toward their goals and dreams,” says Rabideau. “A tiny bit of your own time each week makes a big difference. It’s a no brainer.”

About OtterBox:

Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection to complement any lifestyle.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.

For more information, visit www.otterbox.com or call 888-695-8820. OtterBox -- We’ve got technology covered.

About Partners Mentoring Youth:

The mission of Partners Mentoring Youth is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth ages 7-17 who are facing challenges in their personal, social and/or academic lives.

They believe that through a combination of volunteering and generosity of spirit, a mentor can give and gain life-long benefits from a mentoring relationship with a local youth.

To find out more about becoming a mentor or to donate, visit www.partnersmentoringyouth.org.

Kristin Golliher, 970-372-6232