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Steve Barker for Outstanding Community Service

December 15, 2007

VFC Outdoor Coalition President Dave Gatto was on-hand to honor Barker with the VF100 award, given to the top 100 VFC employees who demonstrate a continued exemplary commitment to the communities in which they live and work, donating their time through volunteer service. 100 people are chosen, out of nearly 43,000 employees worldwide.

Barker was recognized for his unrelenting efforts as captain of The Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department. A service that is especially poignant given the recent fires that greatly affected San Diego County. Barker also supports The Escondido Creek Conservancy, which he co-founded, and the Elfin Forest Town Council, all located in North County San Diego.

We're proud of Steve's exceptional volunteer efforts in this community, said Gatto. This thank you is really personal for me; his efforts, along the efforts of others in fighting the recent fires helped save my home.

As part of the award, Barker will have the opportunity to donate $1,000 to the charity of his choice. Barker's chosen to give his money to CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation to help four firefighters who are recovering from severe injuries related to the recent Harris Fire.

About Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek is a maker of adventure travel gear, luggage, travel accessories and packing solutions for active, adventurous souls.  Founded in 1975, California-based Eagle Creek, Inc., invented the adventure travel gear category, introduced the industry's first convertible backpack on wheels, and is revolutionizing the way travelers pack with its Pack-It™ gear organizersfolderscubessacs and toiletry kit organizing system.

About VFC

VF Corporation is a leader in branded apparel including jeanswear, sportswear, outdoor products and workwear.  Our principal brands include Lee, Wrangler, Riders, Rustler, Nautica, John Varvatos, JanSport, Eastpak, The North Face, Vans, Napapijri, Kipling, Lee Sport, Eagle Creek lucy, Majestic Athletic, and Red Kap.


Eagle Creek is a leading travel outfitter, providing smart, innovative and durable luggage, travel bags, and accessories since 1975. Through the years they have fine-tuned the best way to design and build gear for diverse travel needs. With their end goal to enhance any travel experience, they offer a Travel System of products, which includes a wide selection of luggage, packing organizers, accessories, and day bags.


Alli Noland
Terra PR
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