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June 22, 2021 5:15 PM, EDT

First Highway to Hope Virtual Concert Raises $75,000 for Drivers in Need

Big Noise Band The Big Noise Band performs during the Highway to Hope virtual benefit concert. (St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund)

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The St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund announced that the inaugural “Highway to Hope” virtual benefit concert raised more than $75,000.

The Highway to Hope concert was held May 16 to help support professional over-the-road and regional drivers out of work because of an injury or illness. It raised money through corporate sponsors and individual ticket sales.

“Thank you to everyone that made this first-ever Highway to Hope event possible and thank everyone that joined us for the livestream,” Shannon Currier, director of philanthropy and development at St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, said in a statement. “Your support will make a difference in the lives of the men and women we love, appreciate and depend on. We hope you will join us for the next event.”

The concert was headlined by country music singer Wynonna Judd with her husband, Cactus Moser, and the Big Noise Band along with John Schneider, Billy Dean, Lindsay Lawler and Heath Sanders. Radio Nemo host Jimmy Mac hosted the event.

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“What an honor to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Donna Horton, senior sponsor relations representative at Radio Nemo, said in a statement. “This event was meant to bring hope to the trucking community. To remind the drivers that they are appreciated and cherished.”

SCF said in the announcement that it had corporate sponsors from the trucking industry, including top- tier presenting sponsors the National Association of Small Trucking Companies and freight transportation and supply management company Averitt Express. Other sponsors included GlobalTranz, Progressive Commercial Insurance, Acuity Insurance, Red Kap, Brenny Transportation, Total Quality Logistics, C.H. Robinson, Cocoon MDR, TA Express Coffee Cup Travel Plazas, Volvo, Echo Glo­bal Logistics, Allen Lund, Shell Rotella and Doggett Freightliner.

“Averitt Express was honored to participate in the effort to support the men and women who provide such a vital service to our country,” Danny Crooks, vice president of corporate transportation at Averitt Express, said in a statement. “The professional truck drivers are ­truly the backbone of our economy’s entire supply chain. The associates at Averitt Express thrive in an environment and culture that together, as associates, we have helped to create and nurture.”

SCF also released an artist podcast series in conjunction with this event. The SCF Highway to Hope podcast is produced by Greg Thompson of the Podwheels Network.

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