FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO: Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley will host their 28th Annual Mother’s Day Truck Convoy on Sunday May 14th.
WHAT: After earning the title of World’s Longest Truck Convoy by the Guinness Book of World Records last year, the stakes have been raised for this year’s Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy will a goal to grant 45 Wishes as a result of this year’s event. There are over 350 drivers already registered with another 200 expected to register onsite at the Convoy. Thousands of participants (including Wish families, truckers and the local community) will gather for the 28thAnnual Mother’s Day Truck Convoy in support of children’s wishes in the Susquehanna Valley area. Trucks depart at 1:30 p.m. west onto route 30 and north on HWY 222 for a 26-mile loop through Ephrata and back. Thousands of spectators view the convoy from the roadside as hundreds of trucks rumble through Lancaster County.
WHERE: Burle Business Park, 1054 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601
Media: Visit the table next to the Wish Child Tent (it will have blue balloons)
Parking: limited street parking in the neighborhood across from Burle; or satellite parking at Lancaster Catholic High School or Grandview Plaza (shuttleswill be provided 8:30am-3:30pm).
WHEN: May 14, 2017 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 12:00pm
Trucks Depart: 1:30p.m.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley has granted over 6000 Wishes since our Chapter’s inception in 1986. The Chapter serves Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, the Susquehanna Valley and New Castle County in Delaware. Visit Make-A-Wish at: www.philasv.wish.org to learn more.
About the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy
The Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy began in 1990 when a child, Matt, had his Wish granted to ride in an 18-wheeler and talk to his sister via CB radio. On the day of Matt’s Wish, over 40 trucks arrived to make his Wish a reality. Thus, the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy was born and continues to grow each year. In 2003 and 2004, the Convoy set the Guinness World Record for "The World's Longest Truck Convoy" with 391 trucks participating in the convoy. The Convoy had lost the title in late 2004 to a trucking company in the Netherlands before gaining it back in 2016 with over 620 trucks participating in the event. The family-friendly event has a carnival-like atmosphere with games, a silent auction and various local food vendors, drawing over 5000 attendees, many of whom are Wish Families. For more information about the Convoy and its history, visit: philasv.wish.org/convoy.
Contact: Lorrie-Beth Kryzanowski, Development Director