BURLINGTON, Iowa — Winegard announced today that one of its trucks was participating in the World’s Largest Convoy to raise money for Special Olympics.
The Truck Convoy is a unique one-day celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics. Local law enforcement makes special dispensation and escort a convoy of trucks up to 50 miles through their areas.
Truckers meet at a staging location and are escorted in convoy to a predetermined destination, such as a raceway, fairgrounds or truck stop, where they are welcomed by the Special Olympics community, including athletes, families, friends, colleagues, law enforcement officers, and the organizations, companies and agencies that make up the trucking industry.
A celebration picnic, barbecue or awards ceremony is held to recognize participating truckers and the support of the trucking industry.
Inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, combined with his family’s involvement with the trucking industry, Norm Schneiderhan, a corporal with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, created the Truck Convoy, Special Olympics explained.
The 2016 Truck Convoy took place in various locations during Trucker Appreciation Week Sept. 11 to 17 and during the full month of September.
“This is our second year participating through our dedicated logistics partner, Black Horse Carriers,” said Greg Strohben, Winegard marketing director. “It is a great way to celebrate our trucking industry partners and to support and raise funds for an important cause.
“Winegard Company will continue supporting this event for years to come,” he added.
“I stopped in after their drive and it was a very cool event,” explained Dave Anderson, vice president of business development. “They raised $20,000 for the Special Olympics. The truck looked awesome and Pat Murphy (the driver) was all smiles.”
SOURCE: Winegard bulletin