The Pennsylvania Wilds Champions Awards banquet held on April 27 recognized individuals, organizations, communities, and businesses that in the last year have made significant contributions to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds.  There were four honorees from the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region:

Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival-Event of the Year

Pictured Above: John Straitiff-PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau & Tracy Becker- Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry

Straub Brewery-Best Brand Ambassador

Back Row Left to Right:

  • George Hasselman, Marketing Associate, Straub Brewery
  • AJ Alexander, Regional Sales Manager, Straub Brewery
  • Cathy Lenze, VP of Sales, Marketing and PR, Straub Brewery

Front Row Left to Right:

  • Thomas Kronenwetter, Governor Wolfe’s Center for Local Government Services
  • Roseann Crissman, Retail Store Associate, Straub Brewery
  • John Schlimm, Director of PR/Board Member, Straub Brewery
  • Vince Assetta, VP, GM and Brew Master, Straub Brewery
  • Bill Brock, President & CEO, Straub Brewery
  • Mary Anderson, Corporate Controller, Straub Brewery
  • Ta Enos, Executive Director, PA Wilds Center
  • State Representative Matt Gabler, 75th District
  • Mark Adams, Senator Joe Scarnati’s Office

Jenks Township Supervisors-Outstanding Leader Award

Pictured Above: Thomas Kronenwetter-Governor Wolf’s Center for Local Government Services, Kevin Carter-Jenks Township Chairman, Deborah Pontzer-Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office, Mark Adams- Senator Joe Scarnati’s office

Matthew Marusiak- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Land Protection Manager 

Pictured Above: Thomas Kronenwetter-Governor Wolf’s Center for Local Government Services, Mark Adams- Senator Joe Scarnati’s office, Matt Marusiak-Western PA Conservancy, Matt Gabler-State Representative 75th District, Deborah Pontzer-Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office.

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 12.5 county region of which 5 counties: Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, Forest and Cameron, are represented by the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.  Find information to plan your visit to the PA Great Outdoors online at or by calling (814) 849-5197.

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