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Bradshaw, Hughes Captivate RVIA Audience

December 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

NFL legend Terry Bradshaw and musical prodigy Patrick Henry Hughes thrilled the audience with inspiring appearances at Outlook 2011: “A New Era Begins,” held Tuesday (Nov. 30) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

The event kicked off the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show, sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Appearing courtesy of the major sponsorship of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, Bradshaw tapped his trademark enthusiasm to share remarks on his personal game plan for success and his thoughts on the RV industry, according to a news release.

Bradshaw, whose affiliation with Evergreen’s line of eco-friendly trailers was announced earlier this year, said he has been impressed with the RV industry. “The industry has a great reputation and the outlook for the future is good.”

Bradshaw told the audience that he is an avid RV owner of a fifth-wheel travel trailer. “I take my RV all across the country, showing horses with my daughter,” he said. “Traveling by RV is a great way to go for families.”

He also advised attendees to simply have fun to be successful. “It you love what you do and are committed to what you do, you will have that passion that is needed to flourish.”

A native of Louisville, Hughes was joined by his father, Patrick John Hughes, in a powerful performance that touched on his heartwarming story of overcoming tremendous obstacles and included two songs — “What a Wonderful World” and “America the Beautiful.”

Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes was born unable to walk and without eyesight, but he has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student. He has been featured on Oprah, Ellen, NBC’s Today, and ABC’s Extreme Make Over Home Edition

A musical genius, he began playing the piano at 9 months old and is now a virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player. He even participates in the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band with help from his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations.

“I mean, God made me blind and didn’t give me the ability to walk…big deal,” said Patrick. “He gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that good stuff. There are days when I’d rather stay at home, but life is about overcoming obstacles no matter how big they may seem.”

“I always thought I’d have a son who would be a hero on the football field,” dad Patrick John added. “Little did I know that he would be in a wheel chair as a member of the band, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so proud of Patrick Henry and all that he’s accomplished.

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Musical Prodigy to Perform at RVIA Breakfast

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes

Musical prodigy Patrick Henry Hughes will inspire and entertain attendees at the “Outlook 2011: A New Era Begins” breakfast Nov. 30 in Louisville, Ky., with his talent and heartwarming story of overcoming tremendous obstacles to achieve his dreams, according to a news release.

The event is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and kicks off the 48th Annual National RV trade Show.

A native of Louisville, Patrick has been featured on Oprah, Ellen, NBC’s Today, and ABC’s Extreme Make Over Home Edition. Born unable to walk and without eyes, he has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student. A musical genius, he began playing the piano at 9 months old and is now a virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player. He even participates in the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes, who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations.

“Appearing with his father at ‘Outlook 2011,’ Patrick will perform and share his story of overcoming obstacles, seeing what’s on the inside and being more than you think you can be,” said Gary LaBella, RVIA vice president and chief marketing officer. “It should be a very powerful appearance.”

Patrick Henry Hughes joins an impressive lineup of “Outlook 2011″ guests that also includes NFL great Terry Bradshaw (appearing courtesy of the generous sponsorship of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC) and performance artists Quick Change.

“Outlook 2011: A New Era Begins” will kick off the trade show on Tuesday morning, Nov. 30, at 7 a.m. in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s (KEC) South Wing Mezzanine Ballroom. The free event will begin with a complimentary sit-down breakfast. As one of the industry’s most anticipated annual events, another enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 is expected to be on hand and attendees are urged to arrive early as lines form before the doors officially open.

RVIA Chairman Gregg Fore will host the high-energy, multimedia program which will feature “Forging Our Future” with Richard Coon sharing his thoughts on the important trends impacting the RV market and how RVIA is working to forge a bright future for the industry.

In “Go RVing: Inspiration for a New Era,” Go RVing co-chairs Bob Olson and Tom Stinnett join LaBella to introduce the new Go RVing Leads Plus program, report on the impact of the Ambassadors of Affordability campaign, and unveil new plans for 2011.

“RVIA Public Relations: A New Era of Possibilities” with RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and LaBella will feature the duo discussing tools and strategies to maximize the exposure of RVing in a changing media landscape and sharing some of the resulting high-impact publicity that’s helping stoke demand for RVs.

The program and breakfast are free for attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. All Louisville show attendees are welcome, and no reservations are necessary. Show badge registration will be available in the South Wing Lobby C Entrance.

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