Good times and some good causes

by Rob Wilkins

Every two years, associate publisher Kathy Penner and I strap on our lobster bibs and head east to the Atlantic Truck Show. It represents a great opportunity to get reacquainted with our East Coast friends as well as to sample some of the world’s best seafood. We’ve just returned from this year’s edition and I’m happy to report that despite Ma Nature’s best attempt to keep the crowds away with torrential rain, Noah was able to pull his Ark up to the Moncton Coliseum and drop off enough people to set a one-day record for attendance.

Although Lobster Night could have been a tad better organized, the long night was highlighted by over $16,000 being raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Congrats to all involved! 

Another great event held in June was the annual Truck News/Chevron Charity Golf Tournament. I may be just a bit biased, but this tournament has turned into one of the industry’s best.

Money raised supports a charity that is dear to our hearts, the Make a Wish Foundation. This organization grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions. One hundred and forty four golfers enjoyed a near perfect day and early indications are we raised over $20,000!  

As always, these events don’t just happen. I’d like to recognize and thank the staffs of Chevron, Truck News and our good friends at NAL Insurance for their time in organizing the day. A special thank you to the sponsors who help make this day truly special. And to our participants, the money you donated will make more than one child’s dream become a reality. (A quick side note, there were certain individuals that night whose generosity was off the charts. I won’t embarrass you by naming names, but words cannot describe our gratitude!)

We all know there are a number of well deserving charities. Unfortunately, unless you’re Warren Buffet or Bill Gates, we all need to be selective in who we donate money to. It’s not an easy decision and in a perfect world every legit charity would be well funded. (Then again, I suppose in a perfect world there would be no need for charities!)

Either of the above charities are excellent choices for your hard-earned donation budget. It’s not always possible to donate money, but if you want to give, consider volunteering your time. You may be surprised at just how good it feels to give back.

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