Touch A Truck = 4,637 Guests!

In only it's third year, Touch A Truck attendance has grown tremendously, and this year we welcomed 4,637* guests to climb on, climb in, and honk the horns of hot rods, construction vehicles, public safety, military, and many other cool and special vehicles. In addition, three bands played, five food trucks fed, and three lemonade & one coffee stand quenched the masses.
For more pictures go here.
Also this year, we stepped out into new territory and invited a few friends to join us: Alex's Lemonade Stand, a national childhood cancer foundation that raises millions each year, and Erin's Dream Lanyards. The reason to invite other childhood cancer foundations and fundraising efforts is simple: we (meaning the childhood cancer community) need to start working together. Touch A Truck is quickly becoming a festival of sorts, and there is plenty of room at Max's table for other childhood cancer organizations to join us at this event. Next year, we're going to try to bring even more childhood cancer organizations to Touch A Truck - in order to maximize awareness and giving... this should be exciting so stay tuned!

In all, we brought in $46,000* - all of which will go to childhood cancer research and treatments at the NMTRC.

An event like Touch A Truck happens in two ways: the first (and easiest) way is to hire an event production company and pay them to do everything. Who knows how much money would go to childhood cancer research - maybe less, maybe more - than what we raised this year with the aforementioned approach; the second (and way more difficult) way is to do it with unpaid volunteers and dedicated sponsors, and grind this sucker out - which is what we did in 2011. We have some of the most amazing volunteer leaders. Folks who hold high-paying, time-consuming jobs - that still, out of the goodness in their hearts - decided to commit 10/20/30 hours a week to making this 3rd annual Touch A Truck so successful.

Our expenses this year came in slightly under budget - that's good event management (ie, Melis!). We couldn't promise that 100% of the money raised at Touch A Truck went to childhood cancer research and clinical treatments if it weren't for our fabulous sponsors, whose time and money are the "fuel" which makes Touch A Truck happen! Thanks again to:
Mauzy Air
Aspire IRB
Building Industry Association (BIA Cares)
Semantic Research
Schoolhouse Realty
Athena Capital
Dixon & Thurston Orthodontics & Dentistry
Pfizer Oncology
Encinitas Sign-A-Rama
Merch Lackey (tee-shirts)
YMI (sound and video)
Anna Watts Photography
Johnson & Associates (who kept our money/CFO and venue safe - thanks Aaron!)

Finally, this event would be irrelevant if it weren't for the 4,637 guests we had the honor to welcome and entertain for 5+ hours last Saturday. Max taught us to serve others with smiles on our faces and in our hearts, and without your generosity and attendance, we would not be providing hope to kids fighting some of the most aggressive cancers with new and innovative therapies.

Thank you everyone and stay tuned for more news on Touch A Truck 2012 (moving to a new venue 'cause we have definitely outgrown this one!). We'll be publishing a survey soon in order to better understand what works and doesn't work at Touch A Truck, so that we can make some changes, makes some tweaks, and try some new ideas too. When the online survey is released, we'll publish the link here, send it out via email, and on Facebook, etc. - but please also pass it along to anyone you know who came to Touch A Truck (as guest, volunteer or exhibitor), since we don't necessarily have email addresses for everyone who attended.

Also, mark your calendars September 25, 2011 for Max Run II, now named Max's Ring of Fire Lemon Run because we've teamed up with Alex's Lemonade Stand! We are so excited to be working together, collaboratively, to make a huge impact in September, which is childhood cancer awareness month (part of the problem if we're having to remind you - the readers of this blog - when childhood cancer awareness month falls). Stay tuned for more information shortly forthcoming about MROF Lemon Run!

*46 (and it's variants) is a special number in the childhood cancer community. 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every weekday (every school day) - this is the inspiration for the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave movement, which is one of the most inspirational and powerful singular statements by a group of individuals you will ever know.


Randee said...

What an amazing and successful event!!! tTank you to everyone who put so much time and energy and love in to Touch a Truck!! Here we come 2012!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! And great to partner up with ALSF. Way to go.

Anonymous said...

Truly Amazing..What a great turn out!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa and Andy you give me inspiration and hope. What a tremendous turn out for touch a truck and a giant step forward in bringing childhood cancer fundraisers together. Collaboration is the key to the puzzle!! Passionate volunteers help us turn that key...

Lisa Riniolo

Bree said...

Makes my heart swell knowing there is good in our world!

BestPhillyFlowers.com said...

Congratulations! Events like this deserves to be successful, you've helped a lot of cancer patients.. Looking forward for another great and better event next year,.

Anonymous said...

happy bday, Max!

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