Trucker Buddy chosen as charity for Western Star MATS bash

| Monday, April 15, 2002

The sounds of trumpets, guitars and blues music rocked the south wing of the Mid-America Trucking convention center in Louisville after the show ended March 22. The "Blues Other Brothers" entertained at the Western Star Trucks' Red, White and Blues Bash, where visitors were treated to lots of food, drinks and fun! Eric Harley, Midnight Trucking Radio, announced the winners of the raffle and door prizes for attendees, donated by Western Star, Deiters Accessories and Delphi.

Trucker Buddy International was chosen as the charity for this year's event. Ann Demitruk, of Western Star, said, "we're pleased to promote the Trucker Buddy program by designating the proceeds from the show so that more children will be exposed to the benefits the program has to offer." In addition to the $5 donation from attendees, companies that purchased tables at the show helped to support Trucker Buddy with their donations. These corporations include Truckin¹ Bozo Radio, J&L Transportation, ES Adams Trucking, B & C Truck Sales Inc., Spiff Services, Double JJ Enterprises and Cecil I. Walker Machinery. Scott Miles from Racine Truck & Equipment won the Western Star jacket raffle with his winning bid, which also went to the charity fund.

"We are proud to be associated with Western Star trucks and especially thrilled with their generosity to Trucker Buddy," stated Ellen Voie, executive director of the organization. "The proceeds will help us bring the transportation industry into more classrooms around the world, and will assist these students in their writing, math and geography skills as well as in their understanding of trucking," Voie added. Trucker Buddy is a nonprofit organization that matches professional drivers with elementary classrooms in a pen pal relationship.

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