Press Release - Touch a Truck
Wreaths Across America Event in Albany, NY
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release - Touch a Truck
New York State Motor Truck Association (NYSMTA) and Bestpass to Host
Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes
‘Touch-a-truck’ fundraiser to benefit Truckload Carriers Association’s Truckload
of Respect program in its support of Wreaths Across America
ALBANY, NY– September 25, 2014 –
The New York State Motor Truck
Association (NYSMTA), along with
providers of bulk
purchasing and streamlined toll
management services to commercial
fleets, today announced that they will
be hosting Operation: Big Wheels for
Heroes. Proceeds from the touch-a-truck
fundraiser will be used to help
the Truckload Carriers Association’s
Truckload of Respect program support
the annual Wreaths Across America
(WAA) wreath-laying event at
Arlington National Cemetery.
“Bestpass is proud to support the New York State Motor Truck Association’s
effort to help Wreaths Across America meet its goal of placing a remembrance
wreath on every gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery,” said Alison
Knowlton, director of marketing for Bestpass. “By bringing our community
together for this great cause we hope to raise enough money to fill a trailer with
4,000 wreaths while also providing an opportunity for the motoring public to learn
about large trucks and other vehicles.”
Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes is scheduled for Saturday, September 27,
2014 from 10 am until 2 pm EDT at Colonie Center Mall in Albany, New York.
The event will feature trucks and other vehicles including a WalMart Wreaths
Across America tractor-trailer, a fuel tanker from Patriot Truck Lines, a cement
mixer, and box, dump, and tow and specialty trucks. A number of law
enforcement, emergency response and military vehicles, along with several
pieces of construction equipment, will also be displayed.
All proceeds from Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes will benefit WAA, a nonprofit
organization that remembers, honors, and teaches about the service and
sacrifices of our veterans, active military, and their families. Every year, the
trucking industry actively supports Wreaths Across America by providing trucks
for a weeklong convoy that culminates in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington
National Cemetery known as Wreaths Across America Day.
About TCA’s Truckload of Respect
Trucking plays an essential role in WAA’s annual wreath-laying event. Every
year, professional truck drivers donate their time and motor carriers donate their
trucks and fuel to deliver the wreaths. In 2013 alone, more than 500,000 wreaths
were delivered to almost 900 veterans cemeteries across the United States.
Since 2012, TCA has coordinated this nationwide effort, as well as raised money
for the placement of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. For more
information visit www.truckloadofrespect.com.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to
continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National
Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The
organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year
by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as
hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and
beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit
About New York State Motor Truck Association
The New York State Motor Truck Association is committed to safety on our
state's highways. With over 800 companies, NYSMA represents the unified
trucking industry of New York. As an industry, trucking is a vital part of our
state's economy. We carry millions of dollars worth of cargo every day, and
service every community in the state. Many communities in New York are served
exclusively by trucks, and couldn't exist without the trucking industry.
About Bestpass™, Inc.
Founded in 2003 by the New York State Motor Truck Association, Bestpass was
designed for truckers, by truckers, to save commercial motor carriers time and
money. Bestpass offers a streamlined, single-source toll management service
that includes toll discounts, consolidated billing, violation processing and a single
device for both toll and weigh station bypass. Bestpass is compatible with a
growing number of toll and weigh station bypass networks and has partnerships
with state highway authorities throughout the United States. Currently, Bestpass
customers have more than 250,000 pieces of equipment and over 125,000
transponders in service, resulting in over $22 million in tolls processed monthly.
For more information, visit www.bestpass.com.
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