Our Million Moment Mission to donate $1 million to the National Park Foundation’s programs for kids was a great success – the money is already at work for and will continue to make the outdoors accessible to over 60,000 children. We couldn’t have done it without your willingness to share your outdoor moments with us. And now we want to share some of our favorite moments from the year with you.
We kicked off our 100th anniversary year by introducing our Bootmobile, the 13’ boot-on-wheels that celebrates our most iconic product – the Bean Boot. From New York to Chicago and beyond, Bootmobile events have provided a unique way to interact with you in outdoor settings. Each stop has contributed greatly to the Mission.
We created a limited-edition Fenway Boat and Tote this year and were overwhelmed by the support it received.
And we partnered with Maine’s own Gifford’s Ice Cream to create “Muddy Bean Boots,” an original ice cream flavor inspired by Bean Boots.
We launched our Discover Something campaign, which introduced you to stories shared by fans. Below is Ashlyn, whose mountain climb inspired many more.
You also met Steve Gadecki through the campaign who has served as a true L.L.Bean ambassador over the course of the anniversary year. His Bean story started with a backpack and continues as he inspires people to get out and “discover something.”
The L.L.Bean Get Outfitted Gear Giveaway has been a hit with fans, and some of the stories we’ve read have been remarkable. Take Mark L’s, for example.
Then, there was our Hometown Celebration, during which over 40,000 fans came out to celebrate our anniversary in Freeport, Maine.
In celebrating our 100th year, we’d be remiss not to mention the feats of our own employees. We celebrated National Bike Month with Kris Willis, who bikes to and from work every day. We also received a very special gift from long-time employee Marion, in the form of a commemorative rug.
We’d also be remiss not to mention the feats of our fans! This cake was a delightful sight – and tasty, too.
And L.L.Bean employee Frank G. created a slightly different version of the Bootmobile.
Most impactful of all, of course, are the moments created and shared by you. Your passion for the outdoors has not only inspired the next generation, but it’s enabled a donation that will serve programs that connect youth to nature.
You made this happen by sharing moments from the beach.
And from the ski slope.
There were plenty of moments with your kids, which we couldn’t get enough of!
We know your pets love L.L.Bean, and we love them just as much. Here are some of our favorite shots that you shared.
Last, but not least, you shared moments from your time spent outdoors. By doing this, you’ve not only inspired us, but you fueled the mission and inspired the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
You went hiking.
You shared your fun in the snow.
You gave us a glimpse of what kayaking means to you.
And many of you shared your enthusiasm for backpacking, too.
These are only a few of the moments that have been shared so far this year. As we mentioned in our post last week, although this Mission has ended, we hope you join us in continuing to inspire the next generation to get outdoors. Have an outdoor moment that you love? We’ll love it, too – share it with us on Facebook and Twitter as we move into this next chapter of outdoor discovery!