Keller, TX (PressExposure) November 04, 2009 -- The Towing and Recovery Association of America, in conjunction with its ongoing effort to improve the image of towers and the towing industry to the general public, would like to acknowledge the efforts of Statewide Towing Association in having recently raised over $10,000 for Melha Temple.
The Statewide Towing Association (Massachusetts) for several years has designated the Shriners as one of its charitable causes. For many years, the STA has held their holiday membership meeting in the western region of the state, highlighted by the âParade of Lightsâ procession of tow trucks to the hospital. All participants in the tow truck procession make free will donations to benefit the hospital.
The STA holds an annual trade show event to provide its members, as well as towers throughout the Northeast, an opportunity to participate in valuable seminars, observe âreal lifeâ demonstrations, see the latest in towing equipments and accessories as well as network with their peers. The association is the second oldest in the nation, second only to California. Having learned of the financial status of the Melha Temple, the group decided to organize a fundraising effort during this yearâs annual Tow Show (Oktowberfest) in Chicopee held on October 2 - 4, 2009. To participate in the procession drivers were simply asked to make a donation. During the Saturday evening banquet, one STA member, Winn Street Sales & Service from Burlington, MA, presented a challenge to the group. They would match any donations up to $5,000.00! Well that is all it took. Towers reached deep into their pockets and by the end of the tow truck procession a total of $10,479.00 was raised to help the Temple.
STA Past President John Borowski explained that the hospital needs the Temple to be there to help keep the hospitals open. âThis has been an outstanding show of generosity on behalf of the towers and I am proud to not only be a tower but also a Shrinerâ, Borowski said.
STA President William E. Johnson said, â The towers in this state work hard every day to keep the roadways open and they see many things that sometimes are very painful to families and children. This is definitely their way of giving back to people who are in need. I couldnât be more proud of my industry and Statewide Towing Association.
STA President, William E Johnson and STA Past President, John Borowski made a formal presentation of the check to the Melha Temple on Longhill Street in Springfield during a press conference on October 9, 2009.
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