The 15th Annual
Northeast Professional Truck
A professional truck driving skills competition to benefit the Kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
What a weekend! 72 drivers and families participated in the 15th Charity Challenge. Drivers negotiated 11 obstacles in the 8 truck classes, and there was a separate Step Van course. The High Fundraiser this year was John Hoffman from Sysco Boston with an astounding $4,629 fundraised!!! Denis Litalien from Clifford Perham/Shaws, Wells ME, was the Grand Champion. With a combination of company contributors, driver pledges, food sales and the raffle we brought in over $33,000 for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When all the event expenses are paid we will donate over $22,000 net to St. Jude. This brings our 15 year total fundraised to just over $482,000. There is no doubt that we will cross the half million dollar mark next year.
Special thanks to a small group that has worked on issues for many months preceding the event: Nick Schenk - Program Book, Web Site design and maintenance, and official scorer. Bob Darling – everything in the background that needed to get done – unending phone calls, course design months ahead with Jim Hosey, all sorts of errands. Doug Francey worked most of the summer to secure equipment and course set up on Saturday. Denis Litalien working with Roger at R & W Engraving for weeks to get the trophy order set up and delivered on time. Jim Dolliver and JB Baer working the phones to contact companies to get the list right. Thank you to the army of volunteers that helped out this weekend to make this event a success but especially to the crew that spent all day Saturday and all day Sunday setting everything up and just generally running around! Bob Darling, Doug Francey, Jim Hosey, Tim Carlin, Jim Dolliver, Ed Bacon, Don Herzog, Bob Quinn, Dave Steele, Rich Sweeney, JB Baer, Billy Darling, Mike, Esther & David Milyaro, Denis & Debbie Litalien, Mickey & Linda Rafeal, Warren & Claudette Lewis, Richard & Laurie Desmarais, George & Tara Orchard, Brian, Gloria, & Brittany Singelais. Rob & Christina Fernald. Debbie Schenk, Sandy & Don Herzog spending the hours needed to verify the thousands in donations and making sure that every penny is accounted for.
Thanks to Candy Darling again this year for taking care of the kid’s activities and to Magician Fran Flynn & Artist Mick Cusimano. Thanks to the NY group for taking care of the food this year: Bob & Carole Lyman, Pete & Cynthia Mesick, Scott & Nancy Harris. Thanks to Betty MacIver for helping at the food table and post event clean up. Warren Lewis again supplied and administered the written test, Claudette Lewis and Linda Rafeal & Debbie Litalien set up and ran the raffle and handled the driver registration. The CT Drivers Association had Tim Carlin and Dale Willson working the Pre-Trip and Roland Bolduc working with Jim Dolliver with the announcing and Master of Ceremony. Karen Tierney organized all of the drivers in the Bullpen area. Many people that came down to help judge or help with scoring that were not driving: Shirlene Bolduc, Kayla Schenk, Brittany Singelais, Rick & Alexa Szilagyi (Lexian Mgt), Esther & David Milyaro, Bob Gugliotta & Paul Mathi (Teamsters Local #25), Joe Mokrisky (G. Lopes Construction), Steve Powers (J&S Transportation), Wayne Thornhill (Gulf Oil), Frank Degeorge, and Rich Roberts (Domino’s Pizza). I know Mike Chaplin’s brother helped out along with Bubba Ross’ brother. Thanks to the Marine Corp Color Guard for being there to kick the event off again this year. Thanks to Paul Mathi for bring the Teamster Local #25 truck.
And last but not least to our new St Jude Event Marketing
Representative – Jenn Hamilton. I have been in contact with Jenn all summer
long working out the many issues that are necessary to put on an event as
extensive as the Charity Challenge, especially on the legal end with a
change of venue. Jenn worked all morning getting the Hold Harmless
Agreements signed by all and could be seen in the raffle area and greeting
people most of the day. Thanks to the companies that made monetary
contributions, sent equipment and/ or merchandise. This event does not
happen without your generosity. Click on the CONTRIBUTORS tab to view all
the companies involved presently and in the past.
If you could not make it to the event this year would you consider a donation to St Jude? I know what you’re thinking….”My God, he’s always asking (begging) for donations!” I will do whatever it takes to make our contribution to St. Jude as large as possible. The thought of having a sick child with some of the deadliest cancers on the planet and knowing that this hospital is going to do everything that is humanly possible to help make them better is all the motivation I need. It would be great to bring our final total even higher than the $33,000 !!!Simply click on “Make a Donation”, scroll down to the center of the page and click “DONATE NOW”. Please make sure you scroll down the page. Enter any amount you wish to give in the Additional Donations section. On the second page in the “Donate on Behalf Of” box you may enter your name, the name of a participating driver or a loved one.
The 2014 Charity Challenge is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2014.
On behalf of the entire Charity Challenge Committee, thank you very much for your past, present and future support.
The Charity Challenge is a truck driving skills competition similar to the state and national ATA competitions. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, and all contributions are tax deductible. A minimum donation of $75.00 is required to register for the Charity Challenge, and donations can be fundraised. Any current or retired driver with a valid commercial drivers license can register to compete! You do not need to bring equipment.
Fun for the whole family! We have
plenty of activities to keep the kids busy too, including a bike
competition. Kids can compete against others in their age group to win free
bikes! Check out the Fun For Kids page for a
growing list of activities. Cool raffle
prizes, food and refreshments are also available all day Sunday!
Companies interesting in contributing or sponsorship, please check out the Contributors page for all contribution information.
The annual Northeast Professional Truck Drivers Charity Challenge is sponsored by the following organizations from across the Northeast region of the country. Their efforts continue to make this a successful event each year.
Massachusetts Professional Truck Drivers Association
Maine Professional Drivers Association
Champions Council of New York
Connecticut Professional Drivers Association
New Hampshire Professional Drivers Association
Northeast Professional Truck Drivers Charity Challenge
167 D Street, Lowell MA 01851-4345