PLYMOUTH, MA (May 17, 2007) -
Employees from SmartPak, a Plymouth, MA based company serving horse and dog owners, have teamed up to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on May 19th and 20th. The 39-mile Avon Walk is held each year in Boston, starting at UMASS Boston with an overnight stop at Prowse Farm in Canton. The Team SmartPak entry includes eight SmartPak employees who have been training and fundraising since January.
"Breast cancer is an issue that touches so many of our friends, family members, employees and customers," said Kristen Isaacs, a SmartPak vice president and member of Team SmartPak. "Through our journey preparing for this walk, we have come together as a team, and as a company, to help find a cure."
Last year, participants in the Boston walk raised over $6.3 million to fund breast cancer awareness and research. SmartPak is no stranger to this cause. In 2005, SmartPak launched an exclusive SmartPink™ product line to benefit breast cancer research. The SmartPink line of products includes travel bags, a complete line of all-weather horse clothing and will soon include dog coats. The product line is exclusive to SmartPak and has become a great way for SmartPak customers to use their purchases to join the fight against breast cancer. Through this and other efforts, SmartPak has now donated over $20,000 to breast cancer research.
SmartPak plans to continue donating proceeds from the sale of the SmartPink line to breast cancer research. "SmartPak is committed to breast cancer research and being involved in the Avon Walk is an extension of that commitment," said Becky Minard, SmartPak’s Founder. "Giving back to the community is truly rewarding and one of our most important corporate values."
SmartPak was founded by riders and horse owners. In addition to the SmartPak system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the Company’s catalog and Web site. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information about SmartPak, go to www.SmartPak.com or call toll free at (800) 461-8898. Photographs of the team are available.
About SmartPak Equine
SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. It has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including seven Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. In 2006, SmartPak was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies for the second straight year and is the only equine company ever named to the list. The company has also been honored with a Best Bosses award presented by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.SmartPak.com.