229 Trucks Entered and Raised $52,000 for Special Olympics Delaware
Harrington, DE (Sept. 24) – “Calling all truckers, calling all truckers,” went out the word from Special Olympics Delaware. Truckers answered and 229 trucks showed Saturday at the Delaware State Fairgrounds to raise funds for Special Olympics and provide rides in big trucks for the athletes. Tractor-trailers, dump trucks, utility trucks, tow trucks, fire trucks, school buses and as many different types of heavy and medium-duty rigs as you could imagine were there to support the cause.
Delaware’s leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy has been raising money to support Special Olympics Delaware for 14 years, and this year was the most successful ever in our state. We may be a small state, but Delawareans have a big heart. Our trucking industry proved it Saturday and helped to raise $52,000 for the cause.
Twenty-two DMTA members entered rigs in the procession and provided more than half of the trucks in this year’s convoy. Perdue Transportation provided 46 trucks, Walmart Transportation sent 31 trucks and FedEx had 19 trucks running in the convoy.
Presenting Sponsor FedEx Ground was top fund-raiser this year and had the honor of leading the convoy Saturday. A truck owned by FedEx Ground contractor and DMTA member Travis Boardman Inc. led the convoy. It was followed by four more DMTA member trucks, each of whom won the auction for the privilege being among the first five rigs. Rifenburg Trucking won the auction for second place, Perdue Transportation got third place, J.A. Phillips Trucking LLC was in fourth, and Corrado Fleet Services won fifth place.
Escorted by police motorcycles, the Convoy departed Harrington at 10:00 a.m. to begin its journey through scenic Kent and Sussex County. Delaware Fire Police from local volunteer fire companies provided traffic control at every intersection along the 30-mile route. Crowds gathered at several vantage points along the way to watch the spectacle as it passed through. Truckers honked their air horns and Special Olympic athletes waved at the crowds as they passed through.
Truckers returned to the fairgrounds to complete their journey. Drivers, athletes, sponsors, and volunteers gathered for a meal and entertainment. Once again truckers with big rigs and big hearts took the lead to help change attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities. Well done!