The Joplin edition of The World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics rolled through Joplin this past Saturday. This a nationwide fundraising campaign and the Joplin edition holds the crown for the biggest convoy across the nation.
This year was another record breaking convoy with 522 trucks and over $170,000 raised for Special Olympics of Southwest Missouri. This fundraiser secures the bulk of the funding needed for local Special Olympics operations.
CFI has a long history supporting this cause, and once again was a premier sponsor. Over 20 of our professional drivers and their families represented CFI with pride and class. To quote Randy Cornell, “my phone was blowing up with friends and family talking about all of the CFI trucks in the convoy.”
CFI was honored to have a very special guest—Dusty, who took her first ever ride in a big truck. Bobby Chilcoat did the honors, and even rigged up his air horn so she could honk away from the passenger seat for all the on-lookers! Professional drivers Juan Ledezma and Joe Gonzalez welcomed Greg Orr and Mike Hinz into their trucks for a ride along too.
We also had the opportunity to pay tribute to a dear friend and colleague. Jerry Darby, who recently lost his battle with cancer, was along in spirit for his “last ride.” Jerry loved his CFI family, and was devoted to helping drivers achieve success. Brian Kinyon, an IC with CFI was honored to take the wheel for Jerry’s last ride.
Once the convoy ended, a few CFI trucks were parked front and center on Main St. to be seen by thousands at the block party. David Foster’s award winning show truck, Albert Arriolla and his patriotic display, and Tanya Latteyice with our SheDrivesCFI tractor were featured.
It was a very heartwarming opportunity to represent our brand in CFI’s hometown, and all for a great cause. The Joplin community lined the route in droves to support the professional drivers of our nation. Thank you CFI for making this all possible.