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Spirit of Blue Selected to Benefit from Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement’s Efforts

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – December 19, 2016 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation is excited to have been chosen to receive support from Mossy Oak’s newest initiative – Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement. The goal of Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement (S.O.L.E.) is to raise awareness and funds that will be divided equally among three existing 501(c)(3) organizations that already know where help is needed. Those organizations are Below 100, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Spirit of Blue Foundation. S.O.L.E. will harness the respect for law enforcement and generosity of the outdoor sports community, along with manufacturers in the industry who create the products and services that sportsmen utilize in their sport.

“No group of people is more giving or grateful for those that serve for our safety than outdoors men and women. The outdoors industry has always stepped up to lead the charge in conservation and will no doubt get involved to help the great people of law enforcement and let them know that we support them and appreciate what they do every day,” said Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Mossy Oak. “In the coming weeks and months, Haas Outdoors will put the marketing experience of Mossy Oak behind this effort. We hope to make S.O.L.E. as well known in the outdoors arena as possible. I predict the response from these great people and companies will be swift and generous.”

“We were overwhelmed when Mossy Oak first approached us with this opportunity” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “It is tremendous to have an industry partner of this size take such a bold and meaningful stance on the protection of law enforcement officers and care for the families who have experienced a loss. This is the type of industry leadership that the law enforcement community needs to help overcome the challenges they have been faced with.”

For more information on Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement and the charities to be benefitted, go to Donations for S.O.L.E. are made through CREATE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) community foundation established to aid in the collection of charitable funds. For donation options go to

Spirit Of Blue Wreath Fundraising Campaign

Sunday, November 20th, 2016


In the spirit of the holiday season, Whitney Wreath has partnered with the Spirit of Blue Foundation to offer a special Spirit of Blue wreath. The Spirit of Blue wreath features a blue French wired ribbon trimmed in silver, an appropriate nod to its namesake, along with sliver-toned bunches of pine cones, berries, and holly. A portion of the proceeds of each Spirit of Blue wreath will be donated to the Spirit of Blue Foundation to further their efforts to promote public awareness for the protection of law enforcement officers as well as fulfill safety equipment and training needs.

Spirit Of Blue Hires Its First Staff Member

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Last week, Ryan T. Smith was appointed to the role of Executive Director (half-time) of the Spirit of Blue foundation. His work will include drafting their 3-Year Strategic Plan, managing the Safety Grant Program, heading up promotional planning, and maintaining sponsorship relationships.

Spirit of Blue Receives $5,000 Donation From Blue Force Gear

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Spirit of Blue Foundation has received a generous $5,000 contribution from Safety Grant Sponsor Blue Force Gear. The funds were raised from some of the proceeds from the sales of their Victory Series™ slings during 2012. The Victory Series slings (available in both single-point and 2-point models) were originally designed as a more affordable option for law enforcement officers who were responsible for outfitting their own individually purchased patrol rifles. The Victory Series has the same functionality as their Vickers Combat Applications Sling™, but is constructed with more budget conscious materials.

“When Blue Force Gear originally approached us regarding this unique opportunity to work together, we were very excited,” commented Todd Parola, Spirit of Blue Co-Founder and Chairman. “With the funds generated from the marketing and sling product promotion, The Spirit of Blue Foundation looks forward to continuing our efforts to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies that have critical safety equipment needs. It means a lot that Blue Force Gear has the same concerns for officer safety and chose to show their support in such a tangible way.”

“Blue Force Gear is extremely impressed with Spirit of Blue’s efforts in creating awareness and funding training for Law Enforcement officers,” said Ashley Burnsed, Blue Force Gear’s CEO. “We had to find a way to participate in such a worthwhile cause and give back to those who help keep our community safe. Donating a portion of the proceeds from our LE dedicated line was the least we could do.”

The Spirit of Blue Foundation works nationally to support the Law Enforcement community through the award of Safety Equipment Grants, funded by both private and corporate donations. The donation from Blue Force Gear coincides with a major fundraising push by the Foundation, which includes a new Public Service Announcement featuring Emmy-nominated actor Vincent D’Onofrio (star of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’) appearing on Outdoor Channel and a new text-to-pledge campaign fueled by Mobile Cause that allows donations to be submitted by texting “BLUE” to 41444. With a goal of raising $25,000 by July 1st, 2013, the Foundation and its partners hope to realize a dramatic impact in the safety of the nation’s law enforcement officers.

2012 statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in conjunction with Concerns of Police Survivors, revealed the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty totaled 129, a 22% percent decrease from 2011. Firearm-related deaths reached 49, a decrease of 32% for the same period. While progress is being made, the reality of these statistics and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities and to support private manufacturers who answer the call to contribute as well. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day.

To learn more about the Spirit of Blue or make a donation, visit