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Trucks for Smiles

The 6th Annual “Trucks for Smiles” fundraiser took place Saturday at the Somerset County Fairgrounds.

Aside from the auctions, games, and raffles raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the main part of the fundraiser was of course, the trucks.

Semi-trucks, Pickup trucks, and emergency vehicles formed a convoy.

The more money the driver donated, the closer to the front of the convoy they could get, with a goal of being first in line.

“This year, it was kind of neat. We were able to focus on just the trucks and just the convoy part. I hope we can raise $35,000,” said Keri Friedline, organizer of the event.

A painting was going once, going twice, and sold to Don and Polly Landis for about $7,000 which went straight to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“It’s something that we save up for all year. We don’t give to a lot of organizations, but Make-A-Wish is such a good organization,” Don said.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps kids with life-threatening medical conditions by granting them a wish, like going to Disney World or on a shopping spree.

Organizers say because of COVID-19, they lost $900,000 this year, which is why they say they need this fundraiser now more than ever.

“It gives the child something to look forward to and think back on. It’s a way to get away from the doctors and the hospital, and it’s very impactful on the family,” said Stephanie Pugliese, Director of Development for Make-A-Wish.


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