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Five Good Things: Trucking races to charitable giving

Sept. 22, 2023
This week in good trucking news: A trucking-sponsored team races for charity, TEL gives to veterans, and students win thousands in scholarships to pursue trucking careers.

Trucking shows its charitable side in this week's Five Good Things blog.

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Advantage Truck Group sponsors winning cart race team at Seaside Le Mans charity event

A cart race team sponsored by dealer network Advantage Truck Group won first place at the 22nd edition of the Seaside Le Mans—The Race for the Cape Cod Community. The event raised more than $250,000 for five Cape Cod nonprofits.

More than 95 drivers got behind the wheel of race carts to compete on a one-fourth-mile outdoor track in Mashpee, Massachusetts. For the third year in a row, the race was won by a team of drivers from the Mashpee Police and Fire Departments in a cart donated by Advantage Truck Group and Robert B. Our.

More than $9 million has been collected and distributed in the two decades since the race's inception. Since 2015, Advantage Truck Group has participated in the charitable event and sponsored a team of first responders.

TEL donates to Wounded Warrior Project

U.S. veterans launched the Wounded Warrior Project after Sept. 11, 2001, to honor and wounded military personnel. This September, Transport Enterprise Leasing (TEL) has donated $6,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, according to CEO Doug Carmichael.

An Army veteran, Carmichael, added that several TEL employees and trucking customers are former military personnel, some of whom sustained injuries as a result of their service.

"Having served in South Korea in the 1970s and later as an Army drill instructor and teacher, I have some understanding of the ins and outs of serving our country. I cannot imagine the added burden of bearing the scars of battle and war," he said. "To our brothers and sisters who served and came home with the scars of war, the least we can do is to donate a portion of the favor that the good Lord has bestowed upon us and our company."

Darden provides 10 reefer trucks to Feeding America

Darden Restaurants recently provided 10 26-ft. refrigerated trucks for Feeding America food banks.

The hunger-fighting donation was made possible by a $2 million grant from the Darden Restaurants Foundation and support from Penske Truck Leasing and Lineage Foundation. Each truck can transport up to 12,000 lbs. of food. They'll become part of mobile food pantry programs at food banks with the greatest need, Darden reported.

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"All of us at Darden have a shared purpose to nourish and delight everyone we serve, and our commitment to service extends beyond our restaurants into our communities," Rick Cardenas, Darden president and CEO, said in a news release. "As a restaurant company, we are able to make a meaningful difference in the fight against hunger. Through our long-standing partnership with Feeding America and our legacy Harvest food donation program, we can help individuals and families gain access to nutritious food."

Read more details on Refrigerated Transporter.

UAF Awards over 350 scholarships

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has awarded 378 scholarships to students throughout the country, totaling $640,250 for the upcoming school year.

Those awarded scholarships will attend a two-year or four-year college or university or an accredited automotive vocational program. While most of the students are studying to become mechanical, collision, or heavy-duty repair professionals, others are pursuing degrees in business, engineering, and IT/cybersecurity for a career in the automotive aftermarket.

"It's wonderful to see so many students looking to the aftermarket as a career path and applying for scholarships to help get them there," said Mike Buzzard, AAP, chairman of the UAF scholarship committee. "Awarding so many scholarships would not be possible without the generosity of those who donate their time and resources to UAF. Their support helps ensure that the aftermarket remains vibrant and strong through education."

To apply for a 2024-25 academic year scholarship,

Fleet Advantage gives to and Truckers Against Trafficking

Fleet Advantage, an equipment financing and management company, has made two separate donations through its Kids Around The Corner Foundation (KATC) to and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT).

Since 2021, KATC has donated to annually to help the nonprofit reunite truck drivers and their families in times of crisis, loss of life, debilitating injuries, or serious illnesses. Almost a decade since beginning its assistance in May 2014, has helped reunite more than 500 truck drivers and their families.  

KATC is also donating funds for the first time as a "Gold Level" sponsor to Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT is a nonprofit organization that has operated since 2009 to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize industry members to combat human trafficking.

"It's exciting to see a company like Fleet Advantage lend its influence and resources to combat human trafficking," stated Esther Goetsch, TAT executive director. "Recognizing the unique role the trucking industry can play in helping recognize and report human trafficking and become potential points of safety and recovery for victims is inspiring. We are so grateful to Fleet Advantage for helping advance our mission and truly believe that together, we are changing lives."

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