ATA's charitable foundation announces 37 members of Founders Club

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Today, the American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Cares Foundation announced that 37 companies and individuals have made substantial financial commitments to strengthen the trucking industry’s charitable arm.  

These donations will help to extend the reach and longevity of the foundation and ensure its mission becomes a reality.  The 37 members comprise the TCF Founders Club, a special class of donors who each have agreed to make a $100,000 contribution over 10 years.

 â€śThe TCF Founders Club Members are true heroes, said  TCF Chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express. "They epitomize the character of what makes the American Trucking Associations members so special. Their servant attitude and spirit are on display every day on every highway and byway in America as they deliver the needs and wants to every corner of this great land. TCF is grateful for their generosity and caring. They have and will continue to make a difference.” 

“We are deeply grateful to all our Founders Club members for their dedication to the Trucking Cares Foundation and for giving back to their communities. Trucking is a close-knit family, and these selfless acts of kindness reflect the philanthropic, caring spirit that makes our industry so special,” said John Lynch, president of the Trucking Cares Foundation.  â€śThe indispensable role trucking plays remains as vital today as ever.  We serve virtually every corner of our country, and when disasters strike, members of our industry are among the first on the scene to deliver humanitarian relief.  These generous contributions will allow TCF to continue amplifying the profound difference trucking makes in communities nationwide and respond quickly when the need arises.”

The Trucking Cares Foundation focuses on several core areas tied to trucking, including: humanitarian initiatives, disaster relief, eradicating human trafficking, workforce development, strengthening the industry’s relationships with law enforcement, military and veterans’ organizations, as well as safety and research opportunities,  

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The complete list of seminal contributions will be memorialized in a display at the American Trucking Associations’ headquarters



      Cari Beth Baylor, in Honor of Beth & Bob Baylor

        Bridgestone Commercial Solutions 

          Kevin Burch, former ATA Chair

            Covenant Transport

              Crete Carriers, in memory of former ATA Chair Duane Acklie


                  Cummins, Inc.

                    Daseke, Inc.

                      Estes Express Lines

                        Excargo Services


                            Great West Casualty Company

                              Groendyke Transport, Inc. 

                                Randy Guillot, former ATA Chair, & Renee Guillot

                                  Tommy Hodge, former ATA Chair, & Dean Hodges 


                                      J&M Tank Lines 

                                        Jim Burg Trucking 

                                          LaunchIt Public Relations

                                            Dave Manning, former ATA Chair, & Betsy Manning 

                                              Greg & Val Owen, in memory of Josh Owen

                                                Barry Pottle, former ATA Chair, & Suzanne Pottle

                                                  Pilot Flying J 

                                                    John R. Pope, in memory of Tony A. Pope

                                                      PrePass Safety Alliance 

                                                        Roehl Transport

                                                          Ruan Foundation

                                                            Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary  

                                                              Southeastern Freight Lines



                                                                    Veriha Trucking, Inc. 

                                                                      Werner Enterprises 

                                                                        Shorty Whittington, former ATA Chair, & Ro Whittington 


                                                                           In 2023, TCF made over $130,000 in donations to a wide variety of causes, including: