On September 20, truckers and law enforcement officials raised a record-shattering $122,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin at the 10th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf & Sons.
Law enforcement officials escorted 165 trucks along the 53 mile route up US Highway 41 from the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield to the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh. The event celebrated truckers support of Special Olympics athletes and marked the end of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Tyler Derringer, Special Olympics athlete and LETR athlete representative, kicked off the event in Richfield and introduced emcee Caitlin Morrall, traffic reporter from TMJ4. The Wisconsin State Patrol Honor Guard presented our colors and athlete P.J. Lynch of Milwaukee sang the National Anthem.
PJ and fellow athlete, Jerry Halboth of Williams Bay, served as Convoy Marshals and rode shotgun alongside the truckers up to the EAA Grounds. Tom Howells, who retired this year after 35 years of service to the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, was recognized as an Honorary Convoy Marshal.
Families cheered from frontage roads and overpasses along the route as trucks paraded past them, one by one. The day wrapped up with a celebration party complete with live music from singer/songwriter Rob Anthony, a program emceed by former WBAY anchor, Jerry Burke, and awards, raffles, an auction and tailgate party.
Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin’s Convoy has raised more than $821,000 with a total of 1,240 trucks! Special Olympics programs across America host similar events to celebrate truckers. The event takes place in 13 states and four Canadian provinces in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, a volunteer movement established by members of the law enforcement community to raise funds and build awareness of Special Olympics.
The event would not have been possible without the support of presenting partners Quad/Graphics and E.H. Wolf & Sons; founding partners, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and the Waupun Truck-N-Show; and Convoy hosts, the Pioneer Travel Plaza and the EAA; in addition to all of our partners!
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, September 19, 2015! Convoy Marshal applications will be available in the spring.