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TCA Convention Attendees Boogie to Raise $275,000 for Scholarship Fund
1970s-themed event featured a delicious meal, live and silent auctions, “selfie” photo stations, and, of course, bell bottoms
LAS VEGAS, Nevada:
Members of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) are known for their strong leadership skills, business acumen… and groovy bell bottoms?
That’s right, attendees of TCA’s Annual Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort “got down” at last night’s third annual Scholarship Fund Gala, which raised over $275,000 to support trucking families’ dreams of a higher education and helped fund future scholarships to be named after past TCA chairmen. Thanks to the generosity of hosts Freightliner Trucks and Pilot Flying J, 100% of all the evening’s proceeds went directly to the Scholarship Fund.
Beginning with tables and individual seats purchased in advance by various companies and individuals, the gala consisted of a 70s-themed reception and dinner, silent and live auctions, “selfie” photo stations, and dancing to everyone’s favorite hits from the decade.
Josh Kaburick, chairman of the TCA Scholarship Fund and the CEO of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company of Salem, Illinois, said, “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves so much last night. We had a great time raising money for a good cause. I can’t think of a better way to make sure that the Scholarship Fund keeps on truckin’!”
The live auction items included a platinum diamond ring, a sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet, and black and white diamond earrings. Participants also bid on three highly desirable travel opportunities: three days at one of the nation’s premium golf resorts, an eight-day stay at a luxurious villa at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club in Hawaii, and a Rock & Roll Fantasy package with three nights at a four-star hotel in Manhattan, dinner at the Peter Luger Steak House, and two tickets to see Steve Miller, Chicago, Cheap Trick, and others inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Silent auction items included a diamond pendant, two music systems, a set of four premium tires for either a light truck or consumer vehicle, and a six-day, five-night stay at a Florida country club, including a round of golf for two.
Applications for the 2016-17 scholarships will be due in June 2016. For more details about TCA’s Scholarship Fund, visit www.truckload.org/Scholarships or follow TCA on Facebook—www.truckload.org/Facebook—and Twitter—www.truckload.org/Twitter. You can also follow what is happening at the convention with the hashtag #2016TCA.