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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pilot Flying J pledged to donate $1.25 million to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) over the next five years in what the organization called its most significant donation to date.
TMAF is an industrywide image and internal education initiative that informs policy makers, drivers and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry in order to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry, according to the announcement.
In April, TMAF announced that it had raised more than half a million dollars since its official March launch at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show.
Pilot Flying J and TMAF kicked off their partnership with a press conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
"Pilot Flying J anticipates expanding our popular health initiatives and Road Warrior driver engagement campaign throughout the entire industry, utilizing TMAF's wide-ranging network of professional drivers, owner-operators, technicians and more," stated James A. Haslam II, founder of Pilot Flying J. "Our travel centers also reach millions of people annually, and we are excited to share in telling the trucking movement's story with such a vibrant, all-encompassing program."
Road Warrior is a Pilot Flying J-driven initiative that celebrates and honors professional drivers throughout North America for their determination and dedication.
"We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation as Pilot Flying J plays a key role in reaching millions of Americans and this partnership illustrates how committed we are -- as an industry -– to telling trucking's positive stories," said Mike Card, TMAF fundraising chair and president of Combined Transport Inc. "The trucking industry is essential to the wellbeing of America's economy, as we exclusively serve more than 82 percent of all our country's communities and employ more than 7 million people."
More information on the partnership is available at www.truckingmovesamerica.com.