TravelCenters of America’s Band Together campaign wrapped up in mid-September with numbers that had TA accountants in high spirits as they double-checked spreadsheets. The truck stop chain’s goal was to beat last year’s results and raise $215,000, but this year’s effort raised more than $270,000 for the St. Christopher Fund.
St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund is a nonprofit organization that assists professional truck drivers whose medical problems have caused financial difficulty. With TA’s fundraising and its nomination of SCF for cash awards through BP, more than $750,000 has been donated to the St. Christopher Fund since TA began supporting the SCF.
Before this year’s Band Together campaign concluded in September, all of the 255,000 wristbands had been sold at a dollar each. However, drivers kept on donating. With no wristbands to sell, employees at a number of locations held bake sales and a couple of them even hosted pie-in-the-face contests.
The TA at Exit 377 on I-80 in Cheyenne, WY, topped the effort with $5,343.09 in donations. Several other locations finished close behind.
SCF’s executive director, Dr. Donna Kennedy, confirmed Sept. 21 that the TA fundraiser for 2012 will result in the largest single donation that SCF has ever received.
“The Band Together campaign has raised awareness of the fund so much that the applications have been pouring in since the day after it started,” said Kennedy. “The majority of our applications involve life-threatening diagnoses and situations. They are urgent and severe. This will allow us to begin increasing the assistance amounts immediately.”
TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is the largest full- service truck stop chain in North America. The majority of its customers are professional truck drivers. LL