Kayaking, Tubing, and one Granite Stater’s Campaign for the Mount Washington Valley
As Granite Staters celebrate summer fun on our lakes and rivers, Pete Gagne of Conway is turning our love for the outdoors into a community support campaign.
Pete is the owner of the Saco River Tubing Center, and this summer he is spearheading the second “Paddle for a Cause” campaign to raise money for, and lift up, local Mount Washington Valley organizations.
Every Wednesday during the 11-week campaign, a portion of every tube, kayak, and rental sale from that day is donated to that week’s chosen nonprofit. This year’s organizations work on issues such as nature conservation, food insecurity, affordable housing, and service dogs for people with disabilities. Visitors can also pay extra to bring their dogs with them on river expeditions, with all proceeds going to the Conway Area Humane Society. Last year, Saco River Tubing donated over $3,500.
The program brings much-needed funds to local organizations that are a vital part of the Mount Washington Community, and helps Granite Staters and tourists alike learn more about all the vibrant Mount Washington Valley community has to offer.
In addition to fundraising and raising awareness about local organizations, the campaign has an educational component on nature conservation. This is especially important in New Hampshire, since the Granite State is home to many beautiful natural treasures.
During every trip on the river, Saco River Tubing employees speak to guests about respecting wildlife and minimizing any negative impact to the ecosystems while on the water. This is particularly important given the influx in visitors that started when Granite Staters and tourists alike were looking for more outdoor activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pete’s “Paddle for a Cause” not only gives back to the community through fundraising, but also educates people on taking care of our natural resources. Pete exemplifies the Granite State spirit of dedication to community, and I am honored to name him as June’s Granite Stater of the Month.
I commend him for bringing people together to support critical causes. I know that his initiative will have lasting, positive effects for the Mount Washington Valley, and the entire state.