Mother’s Day Convoy raises more than $300,000 for Make-A-Wish

See more photos from the event below. And click here to see photos from past convoys.See more photos from the event below. And click here to see photos from past convoys.

A convoy of 380 trucks rolled through central Pennsylvania on Mother’s Day, May 10, raising more than $300,000 for the Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The annual Mother’s Day Convoy is the primary fundraiser for the chapter that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. It started 26 years ago when a young boy asked to ride in a truck and talk on the CB radio. More than 40 truckers responded that year, and the charity event has grown steadily since.

Approximately 100 Make-A-Wish children rode along with truckers in the convoy this year. Other trucks were decorated with pictures of children who’ve been helped by the foundation. Many truckers, who raise their own funds for the event, return year after year.

This year’s total of 380 trucks is 45 more than last year. The exact amount of money raised will not be known until the truckers have turned in their pledges by June 15. The amount raised typically grants wishes for 30 to 35 children.

“The 26th Annual Mother’s Day Truck Convoy was a huge success,” said Paulette Battenfelder, Make-A-Wish Regional Executive Director. “Not only does the convoy provide the funds to continue our mission, but the energy of the event inspires and motivates us to continue to provide wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.”

Approximately 6,000 spectators lined the 28-mile route and attended the festival at the business park where the convoy begins and ends.

This year’s convoy was, for the first time, sponsored by the RoadPro Family of Brands. RoadPro donated $20,000 to the cause.

Overdrive reported more in-depth on the convoy earlier last month. Click here to read that story.

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