By: Maggie Griffin - VentureOut! Publications, LLC
Breaker 1-9…..We Got Ourselves A Convoy!
Eleven years ago, Keith Herzig asked Roland Bolduc to be a part of the beginning of the birth of Wishes on Wheels to benefit Connecticut’s Chapter of Make a Wish Foundation. With Keith as President and Roland Vice President, together they have formed a committee of 32 people that meet once a month year round for each year’s event. Having strong sponsors that include FedEx and UPS being their largest, this annual event is one of the largest in Connecticut that takes place every third Sunday in the Month of September every year. “I’ve been running with this event ever since because Make a Wish is our priority”, said Roland.
Each year there is a specific theme to the events. For example, 2009 event’s theme was Disney. This year’s event is Country-Western. In 2009, $75,000 of proceeds from the event went to CT’s Chapter of Make a Wish. Check out this video below from 2008's event:: The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, giving hope, strength and joy. Giving a child with an illness a wish-come-true, does wonders by providing a much needed respite from lengthy hospital stays and medical treatments. The mission is giving back to a child what a serious illness can take away simply by granting a wish, resulting in a chance to enjoy being a kid by choosing something that will inspire happiness along with spending precious time with their families.
So Many Surprises at This Event! The Wishes on Wheels event hosts many fun and exciting events in one day, such as The Monster Truck “Thrasher” providing rides, exploring animals of adventure through a wildlife sponsor, face painting, food, entertainment and so much more. Just look at "Thrasher" in this below clip....WOW did everyone of all ages love this at last year's 2009 Wishes on Wheels Event!
Beginning with the annual Wishes on Wheels Convoy that is guided by the Connecticut State Police and the CT DMV Commercial Safety Division, gives all participants a chance to view this spectacular event while it’s happening. Awards are given for many of the different categories of trucks that will be attending as well. The minimum donation to enter the convoy is $20.00. With 455 trucks participating in the 2008’s event, Wishes on Wheels raised $90,000 for CT’s Make a Wish Foundation.
With a lot of fun and surprises, I wonder who will be amongst the crowd??? Let’s not forget, someone is going home with a HUGE raffle item!
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Connecticut invites you to share the power of a wish! Become a part of the Magic. Make-A-Wish Foundation® is 100% donor- dependent and relies on the generosity of individuals to carry out its mission.
Put September 19th aside this year for a good cause and join the Wishes on Wheels Convoy.
For more info contact: Keith Herzig at 860-228-4844;
Roland Bolduc at 413-626-0900;
The GOLD Sponsors are: ATLANTIC DETROIT DIESEL
BILL’S AUTO PARTS
COUNTRY PORTABLES LLC
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC
FREIGHTLINER OF HARTFORD
G & J AUTO BODY
GUIDA’S MILK & ICE CREAM
JACOBS VEHICLE SYSTEMS
MANCHESTER ICE & FUEL
NEW ENGLAND TRACTOR TRAILER SCHOOL
PERRY J. DODSON
RECALL TOTAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
STAFFORD MOTOR SPEEDWAY
T/A TRAVEL CENTER
THRASHER THE MONSTER TRUCK
TR STONE TRUCKING
TSI HARLEY DAVIDSON
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
Let’s see who will win The HUGE raffle; wish is a:
2010 “Fat-Boy” Harley Davidson.
The Harley Sponsors are: AMPLITUDE MARKETING
FREIGHTLINER OF HARTFORD
GCR TRUCK TIRE CENTER
GH BERLIN OIL
TRI STATE DIESEL/KW
T R STONE TRUCKING