A nonprofit organization broke a world record over the weekend, with the help of truck drivers who represent businesses across the midstate.
Montgomery County-based Make-A-Wish, which serves Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and the Susquehanna Valley, has its only midstate location in Lancaster County.
On May 8 it broke the Guinness World Record there for the largest truck convoy – a total of 590 trucks.
The trucks are registered either by individuals or by businesses, and the cost is $100 per truck.
Although a total calculation of funds raised is not yet available, all of the proceeds will return to children in the region who are suffering from life-threatening medical conditions, according to Make-A-Wish spokeswoman Karen Traten.
The event – in its 27th year – isn’t just about earning kudos for breaking world records.
It represents the power of the marketplace as nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses and community members join together after traditional business hours to raise money.
This year’s presenting sponsor was RoadPro Family of Brands, which is a division of South Londonderry Township-based DAS Companies Inc. in Lebanon County.
There were more than 30 additional sponsors such as Delaware County-based Cag Truck Capital, Warwick Township-based Snavely’s Mill Inc. and Lancaster-based Kunzler & Company, Inc.
The annual truck convoy was held on Mother’s Day, and it allows the children to ride alongside the truck drivers on their 26 mile loop through Lancaster County, starting at Lancaster-based Burle Business Park, where Make-A-Wish is located.
People across the county, such as the Amish, gather on the side of the road to wave.
“People come to look forward to it in Lancaster County,” Traten said.
The event also includes festivities such as a chicken dinner, auction tent, games, clowns and music.
Planning for the event started back in December, and the process included Make-A-Wish getting permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and several boroughs and townships to have that many trucks on the road.
Make-A-Wish’s Lancaster location has one full time and one part time staff member, and more than 200 volunteers that helped to make the truck convoy happen.
This year’s event was the largest to date, and about 100 children were able to ride along, each child in their very own truck.
The truck convoy in Lancaster County previously held the world record in 2003 with 391 trucks, and then its record was beat by The Netherlands in 2004 with 416 trucks.
“We wanted to bring that back to this area, so we made it our goal to break the world record,” Traten said.