Grassroots Outdoor Alliance members to donate 40 bikes to kids in Ogden

At this year’s June show, the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance will get together to assemble Kent bicycles some exhibitors and attendees have donated to be given to local children through Ogden, Utah’s Boys and Girls Club of Davis/Weber County and Your Community Connection.

The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance members want to show their gratitude to the towns where they hold their trade shows.

“We really like to do something to benefit the local communities where we’re having the show,” said Hope Buttitta, operations manager at Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.

Last year, the organization donated funds raised from a talk given by Aron Ralston, the adventurer whose story of survival was made into movie, to the Utah Wilderness Alliance.

At this year’s show in Ogden, Utah (June 10-13, 2013), the members will get together to assemble Kent bicycles some exhibitors and attendees have donated to be given to local children through Ogden, Utah’s Boys and Girls Club of Davis/Weber County and Your Community Connection.

“Not only is it supporting the local community but it’s also promoting an active lifestyle for a child,” Buttitta said. “That’s an important goal for most of the vendors and retailers in the outdoor community.”

The group has the goal to donate 40 bicycles (and helmets) to children in the area. Currently, Buttitta said, they’ve secured about 25 bicycles. Anybody who is attending the show and wants to donate a bicycle can round up a team to pay the $100 sponsorship fee, or can simply pay it themselves.

Prior to the show, bike sponsors will be contacted and given the age and gender of the child receiving the bike in case they want to personalize it further with gear (could be branded gear from the company).

During the show, there will be a celebration to put the bicycles together from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 11 at the Ogden Amphitheatre.

To sponsor a team, contact Buttitta at Deadline for sponsorships is April 30.

Getting together and sharing ideas, much like what will happen at the bicycle assembly gathering, is one of Buttitta’s favorite aspects of the organization’s trade shows.

This year’s summer show is slightly bigger in terms of attendees than last year’s show, officials said. The members-only organization added four new retailers, all of which have committed to coming. The group now includes 43 independent outdoor retailers with more than 90 specialty stores.The exhibitor list for the show currently stands at 47 exhibitors.

“The sharing of ideas and camaraderie between the attendees who are there,” is her favorite aspect, Buttitta said. “Though they’re there to buy – that’s the primary goal – we eat together, we have happy hours together we do events, like the bike party, there’s a lot of sharing of ideas and networking that happens outside of the booth.”

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is planning its fall show in Knoxville, Tenn., and it Buttitta said they’re figuring out how to give back to that community as well.

“Ogden and Knoxville are both communities that have opened their arms,” Buttitta said. “In addition to bringing our show to the town, we like to give back to their communities. That’s an important piece.”

--Ana Trujillo



Outdoor Grassroots Alliance kicks off ‘family reunion’

While many industry insiders are caught up in pre-Outdoor Retailer madness, the folks at the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance are getting ready for their 40th annual members-only show, which kicks off today in Ogden, Utah, at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. The show lasts until more

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance to Host June 2011 Summer Show in Ogden UT

The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance today announces an agreement with Ogden Eccles Conference Center to host their 2011 Summer Show in June, according to a statement from Grassroots President Roanne Miller, who has been in negotiations with Ogden officials.Ogden's more

Great Grassroots Bike Giveaway to Arrive in Ogden, Utah

Tuesday, June 11th at 5:30 p.m., the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (Grassroots) will host the first “Great Grassroots Bike Giveaway” in Ogden Utah. The event is scheduled for the second night of the annual Grassroots Early Show, an annual convergence of iconic specialty retailers more

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance to Host 13th Annual Spring Early Show in Ogden, Utah

The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (Grassroots) heads back to Ogden, Utah on June 10th for the thirteenth year of hosting the outdoor industry’s earliest trade show. This is the third consecutive year the Grassroots’ Spring Early Show has been held in Ogden. Having outgrown prior more

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Welcomes Canfield's as a Retail Member

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is excited to announce that Canfield’s has joined our organization as a Retail Member. Canfield’s is family-owned and locally-operated and has proudly been in business for over 65 years. Founded in 1946 by returning war veteran LeRoy Canfield, LeRoy more

Get to know Wes Allen, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance's new president

The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance just announced that its new president is Cody, Wyo. local Wes Allen. SNEWS spoke to him about his extensive experience in specialty retail, his goals for the organization and how he likes to play outside — given that Greater Yellowstone is his more

Chaco Offsets Early Show Travel Of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Members

ASHEVILLE, NC– The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, Chaco Footwear, and Native Energy are proud to announce that travel for Grassroots retail members, totaling 92 buyers, will be offset by Native Energy for this year's Early Show, slated for June 11th-14th at Snowbird Ski & Summer more


Grassroots Outdoor Alliance hires Roanne Miller as president

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a national collective of 32 locally focused, independently minded, environmentally passionate, entrepreneurial outdoor specialty retailers, has hired Roanne Miller as the organization’s new president and CEO. Miller replaces David Matz, who served as more

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Welcomes Next Adventure as a Retail Member

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is excited to announce that Next Adventure has joined our organization as a Retail Member. Next Adventure is Portland's alternative outdoor store and was started in June of 1997 by Deek Heykamp and Bryan Knudsen. Deek and Bryan are childhood friends more