Hidden Valley Denial

October 24, 2008 in My Life

I emailed Hidden Valley about them sponsoring our Ultimate Frisbee team. It didn’t go as well as I expected:

Original email:

“My name is Scott Roeder and I am the Captain of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team at the University of California Irvine (UCI). I am contacting your company because we are interested in pursuing a sponsorship from your company. We are a competitive club sport and play teams from all over the country. We were having a team dinner the other night and it came up in conversation that we all happen to like ranch dressing on pretty much everything we eat. We would are willing to have your logo printed on our jerseys and represent your products.


Scott Roeder”


Dear Mr. Roeder,

Thank you for contacting us.

Although we realize the worthwhile purpose behind your request, I’m sorry that we cannot honor it at this time. As I’m sure you understand, we receive a great number of requests similar to yours. Hidden Valley is a subsidiary of The Clorox Company. Because of the difficulty in controlling the selection of organizations to receive contributions, The Clorox Company has chosen to contribute a quantity of its products for natural emergency situations. For example, in the aftermath of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, Clorox has donated large quantities of bleach to help with massive cleanup and disease control efforts. Clorox has also contributed charcoal to aid stricken areas without electricity for food preparation.

Again, thank you for contacting us.


Rose Hill
Consumer Response Representative
Consumer Services

Maybe next time….