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Pack & Paddle Receives National Award For Excellence

Jul 05, 2018 04:03PM ● By Staff Writer

Local retailer Pack & Paddle was recently presented with the 2018 National "Community and Events" award from the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance at the industries nation trade show in Knoxville, Tennessee. The award represents the company’s “Excellence in building community through events.”

According to Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, the annual awards presentation gathers hundreds of representatives from outdoor brands and retailers industry to pay tribute to vendors and retailers that are leading the outdoor industry in excellence.

Dana Howe of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance said "Pack & Paddle isn’t just a place to buy outdoor goods, it’s a community hub. Everything that John, Becky and their awesome team do, supports Pack & Paddle being a place for their community to become outdoorists and advocates, get inspired, and be more connected to the local outdoors. Pack & Paddle hosts more than 100 events every year, drawing hundreds from the community, you could even call them the Pack & Paddle “tribe”

John Williams, owner of Pack & Paddle said “We were so honored and excited to win this award.  Especially with it coming from Grassroots Outdoor Alliance - the top trade organization in the outdoor industry. Our trips and events program is dedicated to building the outdoor community of Lafayette.  We love showing people where to go, and the best ways to enjoy local paddling, kayak fishing, and hiking opportunities - so winning an award for something we love to do is incredible”.

Williams gave credit to their event coordinator Kallie Colomb Miller, their store manager Scott Bienvenu as well as their entire store and guiding staff.  "Trips and events are a true team effort. This award would not have been possible without the tireless work of our whole team."

He also gave credit to the Acadiana area. "The incredible support of Lafayette and all of Acadiana has created the special atmosphere in which our events program flourishes. Lafayette is a special place in the way that it supports local music, stores, and restaurants.”

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