TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, announces another record-setting annual campaign donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). As a result of customer and employee donations received during its annual ‘Band Together for SCF’ campaign, TravelCenters presented a check for $315,331 to the SCF.
Each year TravelCenters leads the charge to exceed the previous year’s donations to the SCF. By rallying customers and employees around the single cause of helping professional drivers who are suffering financial hardship due to medical problems, TravelCenters has worked to help raise more than $1.7 million since 2010 for the Fund.
The ‘Band Together for SCF’ campaign, which ran during August at 256 TA and Petro Stopping Centers locations nationwide, invited customers and employees to make $1 and $5 donations. Those making $1 donations received a commemorative wristband and those making a $5 donation received an SCF keychain. One hundred percent of all donations have gone to the SCF. During the campaign, SCF also received a generous contribution of $2,500 from vendor partner, Bell Gaming.
“I want to personally thank each and every customer, employee, and vendor that generously contribute to helping drivers in need,” shared Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. “At TravelCenters, we want to make sure our professional drivers are treated with the utmost respect. When illness or tragedy strikes, SCF can help make sure they receive needed care and financial assistance, so all they have to focus on is getting healthy and getting back on the road safely,” he continued.
“I’m simply overwhelmed with gratitude to the drivers and employees that donate through Band Together,” said Dr. Donna Kennedy, Executive Director of the SCF. “They are answers to prayers about how we will be able to keep up with the need for help. So far this year, we have had 55 more applications than last year so I’m very happy that this year’s campaign raised a sizeable amount more than all previous years! To date, the Band Together campaign has allowed us to help more than 1,350 drivers. This year’s donations will go a long way in continuing our mission of ‘Saving Lives & Drivers, One Family at a Time’,” she continued.