As many of you know, 2015 marks Country Pasta’s 25th year of business, and you may have seen that we started the year by purchasing a local shopper’s groceries for her as our first of 25 Acts of Kindness. I wanted to share with you a little more about this concept and why we are doing it.
To be quite honest, I stole the idea from another company I heard was celebrating their 60th year in business last year. Upon first hearing about this, I thought it was a great concept, and one I thought was worth jumping on board with.
At the supermarket today, consumers are overwhelmed with product options to choose from. One of the most interesting things to me lately has been the multiple options of the same item, just in different sizes. Does anyone know how many different ways you can purchase a candy bar these days? You have regular size, king size, fun size, miniatures, bite size…did I even get them all? We recognize that you have many options to select from, and we greatly appreciate 25 years of support for Homemade Style Country Pasta products. In an effort to give back to our customers, we are coming up with 25 ways that we can say thanks, while have fun doing it!
In addition to surprising shoppers by purchasing their groceries, we have also donated to food banks, and have plans to give pasta away, Montana themed items away, and are launching one of our big acts of the year, which is a Montana trip give-away. One lucky customer and their guest will win a trip for two to Montana to enjoy the beauty of this area we get to call home – including a boat cruise around Flathead Lake, a visit to our headquarters, a trip to Glacier National Park, and many more fun activities.
So we look forward to continuing our 25 Acts and we hope you will have as much fun with this as we plan to. And once again, we thank you for being a valued customer. Here’s to the next 25!
Country Pasta joined over 4,400 participants in support of the Montana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Helena Saturday, May 15, 2010. Supporters gathered near the Capitol Building wearing shirts in a rainbow of colors to help find a cure for breast cancer. There were Survivors, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, kids, grandparents, babies in strollers, dogs, balloons, food, giveaways, racers, runners, joggers, walkers and even a pink Policeman! Throughout the morning Country Pasta representatives wore Volunteer shirts. During the 5K race we lined up near the finish line to cheer for the racers, and changed into our green and pink Country Pasta shirts in support of our Team Runner.
Country Pasta donated time and funds to support Survivor Activities. We were privileged to help Survivors and their families have great parking spots, a quick and painless registration process, lots of free stuff, and shirt signs celebrating or honoring those who have been affected by breast cancer. We met some inspiring people and heard many encouraging stories. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this a successful, fun and exciting event. We are proud to participate and already excited for the next Komen event this September in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.
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Encouraging people to live healthy lifestyles, including eating well and regular exercise, is one of Country Pasta’s goals. October celebrated National Pasta Month and National Healthy Lung Month (American Lung Association). In honor of these events, Country Pasta once again partnered with our local Health Care Plus organization to host the 3rd annual Live Locally 5k Run/Walk on October 24th. Each year this event donates all proceeds to Mission Valley Aquatics, helping to design and construct an indoor swimming facility for Lake County Montana.
This year we had a fantastic turn out, with over 150 participants! Winners in each category received handmade miniature tipis (pictured below). Entrants were also eligible for post-race prizes donated by local businesses. Donations included everything from free coffee and movie tickets to 18 holes of carted golf! The participant who came the farthest to compete in our race traveled a whopping 1281 miles from Los Angeles, California!
If you’re in the area next October, come join us for the race. We’ll begin preparing next summer for another fantastic event! Thank you Polson for your support!!