Second annual campaign results in largest donation to truckers fund.
TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) wrapped up its second annual ‘Band Together for SCF’ campaign with $212,538.87 in donations to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF).
Customers and employees of TA and Petro Stopping Centers made donations from Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2011 to benefit truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems.
During the six-week event, guests and employees of TA and Petro were invited to make donations of $1 or more, and commemorative wristbands were given to those who donated. Additionally, employees at many TA and Petro locations held other events to help raise money for SCF. One hundred percent of all donations collected went to the organization.
TravelCenters began its annual SCF fundraiser in 2010, and generated $211,115 in donations—the largest single donation the SCF had received to date. The 2011 campaign donation—exceeding what was raised in 2010—is now the largest donation the non-profit has received.
“I’m honored to be associated with the generous customers of TA and Petro,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. “The professional driver community deserves recognition for taking care of their fellow drivers this way,” he added.
A check was presented earlier today to Dr. Donna Kennedy, executive director of SCF on Dave Nemo’s show on the RoadDog Trucking channel, SiriusXM 106. Dave Nemo is one of the founders of SCF.
“With the very generous help of TA and Petro customers and employees, the SCF has helped more than 470 drivers and their families,” said Dr. Kennedy. “This donation will allow us to help many more with utility bills, mortgage payments and other monthly bills,” she added.
Kennedy also added, “The TA/Petro fundraising campaign certainly has helped raise awareness of SCF. We see a large increase in the number of applications from drivers who need assistance during the campaign, and while we would prefer drivers not have to suffer financially, we’re very happy they know we are here.”
TravelCenters has been supporting drivers through SCF since the Fund was founded in 2007.
TravelCenters of America LLC, headquartered in Westlake, Ohio is a travel center business in 41 states and Canada, operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands.