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Post: Athletic Awards Vendor Fair 2012

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for the annual Athletic Awards Vendor Fair last Thursday, on September 6th.  Hosting 18 different vendors displaying a wide array of promotional products and apparel, this year was the biggest vendor fair to date.

Every year for vendor fair, we raise funds for charity.  This year our charity was Special Olympics WA.  Along with the Tukwila Police Explorer Program and their dunk tank, we were able to raise $2,400 from our patrons.  For those who don’t know, the explorer program is for young adults who aspire to be police officers, doing ride-along training and getting to know first hand police force knowledge.  Not only did they volunteer to be dunked for charity, three of them were also willing to participate in our fashion show.

The fashion show, our most ambitious vendor fair event yet, was great for us, our vendors and more importantly the crowd.  We all got to see our products walking and working down the red carpet with cameras shuttering and flashing.  Everything from construction, to leisure, to corporate casual, to active wear were on display in the rare and beautiful eighty degree Seattle weather.

Another thing that I know we at Athletic Awards look forward to and everyone in attendance is the food.  This year we had catering done by a South Lake Union neighbor, Portage Bay Cafe.  To describe their sandwiches, salads and wraps in one word, fantastic.  Some loyal vendor fair goers stated that it was the best food provided at ANY vendor fair/trade show yet!

Those in attendance know that every year we have a raffle for those who complete a passport that is checked off by each vendor.  The prize is two round trip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States.  This year’s lucky winner is Lauren Geretti who came down from Tommy Bahama.  Congratulations to her!

Between the fashion show, the particularly large turn out of vendors, our success with the Special Olympics WA, the Tukwila Police Explorers, our lovely food and wonderful weather, this year’s vendor fair was great to say the least.  From everyone here at Athletic Awards, thank you to our vendors, models, and everyone who came out to help make this year such a success.

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