FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Truckers’ Ball and Photo Contest to Benefit Many
Scranton, Penn – On February 17th, 2007, elegantly dressed men and women from the trucking industry and the public will gather at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the 2nd Annual Truckers’ Charity Ball.
The Ball benefits the Truckers’ Teddy Bear Education and Emergency Assistance Fund that helps truck drivers experiencing financial crises resulting from illness, injury or disaster.
“Last year we were able to assist several trucking families facing eminent eviction to remain in their homes until they could establish alternative resources,” said the Ball’s organizer, Sheryl Youngblood, Ph.D. “But the needs were much greater than the funding we raised last year. The families we helped had been hardworking truck drivers for many years. The majority were owner-operators past the age of 50 whose bodies finally succumbed to the wear and tear of the road, and they had neither health insurance nor the ability to work. Eventually, other financial resources are found, but it takes time. This emergency fund provides recipients with just a little breathing room to help them get through the roughest hours.”
She added “This year we are adding a photography exhibit and contest for CDL holders only, and a portion of all entry fees is dedicated to the emergency fund. We know that truck drivers capture a lot of interesting images from their unique vantage points, and we would like them to share these photos with the public. The contest also gives drivers the opportunity to win cash prizes, sell their photos or donate their pictures to the silent auction.”
The 2007 Ball will also be helping people outside the trucking industry. The evening’s food is being provided by Catering Concepts, an arm of the United Neighborhood Centers of Lackawanna County. The UNC is a large non-profit entity that provides tremendous services to people of all ages. The catering company serves as job training for area youth, and its profits provide nutritious meals and other services for area senior citizens.
KnightTime is proud to acknowledge and thank the presenters of the 2007 Ball, New Century Transportation and Layover.com. Their support reflects their commitment to excellence in leadership, truck drivers and the promotion of a positive image of the trucking industry.
Although KnightTime has been accepting reservations since September, there is still room for more. Information about the Ball, the photography contest, lodging and area attractions can be found at www.truckersball.org. www.layover.com or by calling KnightTime at (877-234-6362)