TA and Petro launch third annual St. Christopher benefit

By Land Line staff | 8/15/2012

TravelCenters of America, the corporation that operates TA and Petro travel centers, launched its annual campaign Wednesday, Aug. 15, in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. The campaign – dubbed “Band Together for SCF,” will run at all TA and Petro locations from Aug. 15 through Sept. 15, 2012.

During the month-long event, guests and employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will be invited to make donations of $1 or more. Commemorative 2012 wristbands will be given to everyone choosing to donate. Donations may be made at all company restaurants, travel stores, fuel islands and truck service facilities.

One hundred percent of all donations will go to the SCF, a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems.

“I’m looking forward to again helping SCF raise money for truck drivers – our customers – in need,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters.

TravelCenters has been supporting drivers through the SCF since 2010. The TA and Petro annual campaign contributions mark the largest single donations the fund receives each year.

 “Our partnership with TravelCenters through the Band Together annual campaigns and year-round events has really raised awareness of SCF and generates a great deal of money and support,” said Dr. Donna Kennedy, SCF’s executive director, “which allows us to help hundreds of drivers.”

As of July, 2012, SCF has helped 561 truck drivers and their families with monthly bills, including utilities and mortgages. The organization also funds health research to benefit professional drivers.