Wreaths Across America Gala


TCA’s Sixth Annual Wreaths Across America Gala

September 26, 2018
Crystal City Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia

*Limited tables and seats are still available to purchase

For nearly a decade, TCA’s for-hire carrier and private fleet members have donated their equipment, fuel, and professional truck drivers to ensure the more than 2 million remembrance wreaths are delivered to Arlington National Cemetery and the more than 1,400 veterans cemeteries nationwide each December.

TCA’s annual fundraising gala raises awareness of and funds for the transportation of fresh remembrance wreaths which will be placed on veterans’ gravestones. The event will be held in conjunction with TCA’s Second Annual Call on Washington, Policy Committee and Board of Directors Meetings.

This is a formal, black-tie optional event.

Schedule

6:00-7:00 p.m. ET – Sky View

Once arriving on-site, attendees will receive a name badge and are free to enjoy the cocktail reception.

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, place silent auction bids, have a complimentary photo taken, purchase a one-of-a-kind, exclusive 3″ marble ornament, truck decals for their fleet of trucks, and network during this time.

7:00-9:00 ET – Grand Ballroom

Once the ballroom doors open, guests are encouraged to find their table and/or individual seat.

Make plans to join us for this highly-anticipated evening.

Entertainment:

Nashville Recording Artist and TCA’s Highway Angel Spokesperson, Lindsay Lawler accompanied by guitarist, Chris Roberts.

Keynote Speaker:

Medal of Honor Recipient, Sgt. Sammy Davis

On November 18th, 1967, Private First Class Davis’s artillery unit was hit by a massive enemy offensive. At twenty-one years old, he resolved to face the onslaught and prepared to die. Soon he would have a perforated kidney, crushed ribs, a broken vertebra, his flesh ripped by beehive darts, a bullet in his thigh, and burns all over his body. On November 19, 1968, exactly one year and one day after the nightlong firefight at Cai Lay, Davis received the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson.

Special Guest:

American Gold Star Mother, Jill Stephenson

In Jill’s eyes, being a mother to Benjamin Kopp was her largest blessing and gave her life meaning. At age 13, Ben vowed to serve his country and expressed this with such determination. Jill knew then, that her son was destined for greatness. As a result of his determination, Ben became an Army Ranger and served with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. On July 10, 2009, Jill received a phone call that would change her life forever.

Fundraising Opportunities

Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on more than 10 items throughout the event.

All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Wreaths Across America on behalf of the trucking industry.

For questions while on-site, see a GiveSmart representative in a red shirt.

For more information or to sponsor an item, contact TCA@truckload.org.

2018 Donors

Special thanks to those that have donated silent auction items for the upcoming event:

  • BMO Transportation Finance for 2 Suite Level NFL tickets to Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints game in Arlington, Texas on November 29;
  • Congressman Scott Taylor (VA-2) for an American Flag which was flown over the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2018;
  • Cummins Inc. for a Tiffany & Co. Crystal Diamond Point Round Decanter;
  • DriveriQ for a Flathead Lake B&B Experience in Montana;
  • Garner Trucking, Inc. for 2 VIP Tickets to a Phil Collins concert plus 2 Bottles of Jack Daniels White Rabbit;
  • Great Dane Trailers for a 4-Day, 3-Night Orange Lake Resort & Country Club package;
  • Omnitracs for a Four Seasons Resorts Gift Card;
  • Rand McNally for a ClearDryve™ 200 Noise-Cancelling, 2-in-1 Headphones;
  • Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary for $2,500 of Legal Consulting;
  • The Army and Navy Club for a 2-Night Stay and Champagne Brunch at its Hotel in Washington, D.C.;
  • Velociti Inc. for a Vanderbilt Ebony Prestige Humidor filled with 10 Luxury and 15 Premium Cigars;
  • Weinrich Truck Line for a Notre Dame Tailgating Kit;
  • Worcester Wreath Company for a Holiday Home Decorating Package; and
  • Wreaths Across America for an Arlington Convoy Package

2017 Donors

TCA would like to thank it’s 2017 silent auction donors for their generosity:

  • Charisma Jewelers for the annual Wreaths Across America ring — a 14K rose gold ring with an oval Morganite stone weighing 3/8 ct.
  • Cummins Inc. for eight Brickyard 400 NASCAR tickets;
  • Past TCA Chairman Keith and wife Kathy Tuttle for a Lake Erie B&B Getaway;
  • Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary for donating $2,500 of Scopelitis legal consulting;
  • Weinrich Truck Line for the 2014 Masters Flag signed by Bubba Watson and a signed President’s Cup 2017 flag
  • Worcester Wreath Company for a holiday home decorating package;
  • WAA for a week-long escort to Arlington National Cemetery package; and
  • WAA for a Balsam prayer pillow basket

Show your support for Wreaths Across America this December, and throughout the year, with 3M adhesive, 16″ x 16″ truck decals.

Attendees can purchase 10 for $100 or 25 for $200.

Showcase trucking’s involvement in and your support for Wreath Across America this holiday season!

Purchase a one-of-a-kind, marble ornament during this year’s event.

For each ornament purchase, you’ll have a chance to win one of five $100 American Express gift cards!

Reserve Your Seat

Individual Seats:  $275

Standard Tables (10 seats):  $2,500

Premium Tables (10 seats):  $3,500*
*includes upgraded linens, champagne toast, and premium location near stage

Hosts

Freightliner

Freightliner has been a proud supporter of TCA’s Wreaths Across America Gala since its inception in 2013.

Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J has been a proud supporter of TCA’s fundraising Gala since its inception in 2013.

Sponsors

TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America and Petro has been a proud supporter of TCA’s Wreaths Across America Gala since its inception in 2013.

Thanks to TravelCenters of America and Petro, attendees can take home a commemorative gift.

DriverFacts

DriverFacts has been a proud supporter of TCA’s Wreaths Across America Gala since its inception in 2013.

Thanks to DriverFacts, attendees are able to have a complimentary 5×7 photo taken, as well as a digital file sent to their smartphone and/or email.

Randall Reilly

Randall Reilly has been a proud supporter of TCA’s Wreaths Across America Gala since its inception in 2013.

Thanks to Randall Reilly, our reception sponsor, attendees are able to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

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