The 19th Annual

Northeast Professional Truck Drivers
Charity Challenge

A professional truck driving skills competition to benefit the Kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital




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There are many volunteers who have made this event a huge success over the years. Without their efforts and dedication to the Charity Challenge, this event would not be what all of you have helped it to become.

The Charity Challenge competition is a huge undertaking that takes many months of preparation and planning. It also takes a small army of volunteers the weekend of the competition to make this event a success. We have learned a lot since our first event in 1997. Many of the following have been involved since the beginning. As chairman of the Charity Challenge I would like to recognize and thank the following people:

For much time and effort long before the event date.......

Bob Darling (MA) -- Co-chair of the event, site and field, equipment procurement, course design, phone calls and everything else that needs to be done
Don Herzog (MA) -- Treasurer of the event since the beginning and course set up
Nicholas Schenk (MA) -- Webmaster, score keeper, and pro
gram book development
Denis Litalien (ME) -- Complete trophy ordering, set up and registration booth
Debbie Litalien (ME) -- Driver pre-registration

Mickey & Linda Rafeal (NH) -- Raffle item procurement
Warren Lewis (ME) -- Prepare Written Test
Jim Dolliver (MA) -- Promote the Charity Challenge, official Charity Challenge announcer
Brian Singelais (MA) -- MPTDA trailer, Judge Chairman, course setup
Jim Hosey (CT) -- Course design
, course setup, pre-trip inspection
Doug Francey (MA) -- Equipment procurement
Ed Bacon (MA) -- Course setup and site preparation with JR Noel
Kyle Dooley & Nicole Bonica -- St. Jude

On the weekend of each Charity Challenge...

Rich Sweeney (MA), Doug Francey (MA), Bubba Ross (MA) -- Managing the equipment and driver staging areas
Debbie Schenk (MA), Don and Sandy Herzog (MA) -- verifying the thousands of dollars the drivers have raised
Debbie Litalien (ME), Claudette Lewis (ME), Linda Rafeal (NH), Tara Orchard (NH), Laurie Desmarais (NH) --
Registration, Information Tent and Raffle
Roland Bolduc (CT)
-- Pre-Trip and the Master of Ceremonies
Dale Willson & Tim Carlin (CT) -- The Connecticut drivers association sets up and runs the Pre-trip Inspection
Mickey & Linda Rafeal (NH)
-- The Rafeals take care of the raffle table for the day and raffle item procuremet
Pete & Cynthia Mesick, Bob & Scott Lyman, Scott & Nancy Harris (NY) -- The New York drivers association mans the food tent
Dave Steele (MA) -- Step Van Competition course and Non-CDL course
Candy Huscha-Darling, Mary & Nina Darling (MA), and Brittany Singelais (MA) -- Planning and running the kidís craft area and activities
Esther, Mike & David Milyaro (MA) -- Food procurement and judging
John Baer (MA) -- Course judging
Billy Darling (MA) -- Judges assistant, course setup and cleanup
Karen Tierney (MA) -- Driver Bull Pen
Frank DeGeorge (MA) -- Course volunteer
George Orchard (NH) & Rich Desmarais (NH) -- Bike competition and course setup
Cathy Albanese (MA) -- National Anthem
Charlie Fleurant (ME) -- Invocation
Leatherneck Honors Society of Massachusetts (MA) -- Color Guard

Also, a big thank you to the many drivers who help judge the course problems on Sunday before and/or after competing. The Charity Challenge would not be possible without your help!














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