Heartland Express matches money raised by annual GATS Auction benefiting St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund
Over the weekend, nonprofit St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) received $16,038 from the Great American Trucking Show’s annual auction and concert in the TA Petro parking area. Shortly after, Heartland Express matched the donation for a total of $32,076 to help SCF support over-the-road/regional semi-truck drivers and families in need.
According to event organizers, the amount raised by the GATS event, which included both silent and live auctions, was a record. It originally totaled $15,755, but an additional $283 was raised through games and activities at the SCF booth. SCF corporate sponsors TravelCenters of America, Blue Tiger USA, RoadPro, 4 State Trucks and others provided auction items along with donations and creations from drivers. Auction items with the highest bid included a Truckin’ Bozo commemorative issue diecast truck ($1,100), a Jasmine brand guitar autographed by the Bellamy Brothers ($3,100) and a can of beer with a Heniff koozie ($900).
“We were blown away by the amount of money raised by truck drivers to help support their colleagues in need,” said SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier. “It’s a testament to how closely knit our industry is – we take care of each other no matter what.”
The event was primarily organized and executed by drivers, which included Scott Wagner and Melanie Walker of Rapid Response and Bruce and Debbie Richard with Heartland Express.
“Already we were thankful to Bruce and Debbie for all their hard work at the booth, but to then find out that their company was going to match the money raised means the world to us,” added Currier. “So many lives will be touched by this generous act. Thank you, Heartland Express.”
Heartland Express Chairman and CEO Michael Gerdin said, “Our employees and drivers are the heart of Heartland. They power us, which is why we want to make sure each of them and their families are cared for and supported. Donating to St. Christopher Fund is like donating to the safety and security of our team. It’s a no-brainer, and I hope other companies in the industry will follow suit.”
Truckers needing assistance from SCF may apply by clicking here. To donate to SCF’s mission to support truckers and their families in financial need, click here.