The Maine Professional Drivers Association joined with the South Portland Lions Clubs on Sunday, September 25 for the 17th year to put on the Maine Trucking for Kids Convoy. Nearly 50 trucks convoyed from Scarborough Downs, down the Payne Road, around the Maine Mall and through Western Avenue to Route 1 in South Portland and back to Scarborough Downs on Sunday afternoon.
The event, including a truck show, a driving competition, raffles, an auction, and a cookout, raised $11,000 for Camp Sunshine in Casco. Donations from the event will also go to help the local police department youth programs in Scarborough and South Portland.
Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this great day! Thanks to all who work behind the scenes, organizing meetings, preparing truck show ballots, reserving tables and chairs, printing and distributing flyers and generating publicity, getting food and cooks lined up, preparing and cooking the food, getting traffic control, preparing a parking plan, bringing equipment and trucks, cleaning trucks, working in the hot sun all day, setting up the day before, soliciting prizes and pledges, getting sponsors for porta-potties, advertising, food, equipment, trophies, cleaning up at the end of the event, and all the other things necessary as we end up with a feeling of satisfaction that we accomplished something special!
Every year the Committee present plaques of appreciation to two people and two companies to recognize their outstanding service to the event. This year plaques were presented to Bob Snow, Alan Paradis, Northeast Great Dane and the Scarborough and South Portland Police Departments.
For more information and list of winners of the awards for the best looking trucks and top driving competitors, check our website at mpda.org/trucking4kids.
Camp Sunshine Executive Director Michael Katz sends along the following note: �Amazing!!! Thank you to the Maine Trucking for Kids Convoy Committee, the Maine Professional Drivers Association and all others involved in supporting Camp Sunshine through this very special event! Your time, effort and hard work truly make an impact on children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The kind support and dedication you put forth on behalf of Camp Sunshine is very much appreciated. Thank you again for making a difference!