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    Pear Bureau Northwest Sponsors Local Olympic Athlete

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pear Bureau Northwest will sponsor local U.S. National Ski Team athlete Torin Koos during the 2005/2006 season. Koos, a native resident of Leavenworth, Wash., will compete at the 2006 winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. As part of the sponsorship, Koos will make appearances at schools and other events as a spokesperson for USA Pears.

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pear Bureau Northwest will sponsor local U.S. National Ski Team athlete Torin Koos during the 2005/2006 season. Koos, a native resident of Leavenworth, Wash., will compete at the 2006 winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. As part of the sponsorship, Koos will make appearances at schools and other events as a spokesperson for USA Pears.

    Commenting on selecting Koos as its spokesperson, Kevin Moffitt, president and c.e.o. of the Pear Bureau said, "Torin grew up in pear country, and as a professional athlete, he lives the messages we're trying to impart about good nutrition being an integral part of an overall healthy lifestyle. His commitment to his sport and desire to teach others about healthy living connects to our objective of reaching out to consumers with health and nutrition messages that pertain to fresh pears."

    For his part, Koos said, "I was fortunate to grow up in an area that provided great opportunities for outdoor activities and access to locally grown produce. I am looking forward to helping the Pear Bureau reach consumers nationwide who are interested in making positive changes to their life such as choosing to exercise and making healthy food choices."

    In addition to making personal appearances, Koos will contribute to the Pear Bureau's consumer Website (http://www.usapears.org) and other related materials.

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