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Former Air Force One Pilot's Personal Stories of September 11 Cap off Successful Fundraising Evening

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<p align="right" style="text-align:right"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>For Immediate Release<br>

October 12, 2017<br>

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Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach & Engagement<br>

703-838-1950 or <a title="mhall@truckload.org">mhall@truckload.org</a> </span></p>

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<p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 16pt; font-weight: bold;'>Former Air Force One Pilot's Personal

Stories of <br>

September 11 Cap off Successful Fundraising Evening </span></p>

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<p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 13pt; font-style: italic;'>Gala attendees experience inspiring

patriotic speeches and raise more than <br>

$70,000 to support Wreaths Across America's mission to Remember, Honor, Teach</span></p>

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<p><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>OXON

HILL, Md. — On Wednesday evening, trucking industry executives from across

the U.S. and Canada gathered at the Gaylord National Harbor for the Truckload

Carriers Association’s (TCA) fifth annual charitable gala benefitting the

nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America (WAA). </span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>Gala attendees raised $73,583 to

support WAA’s mission to Remember our fallen veterans, to Honor those who

have served, and to Teach the next generation the values of patriotism. Money

raised at the gala will go towards producing the more than one million

remembrance wreaths delivered to veterans’ cemeteries on National Wreaths

Across America Day, Saturday, December 16.</span></p>

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<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>“The service of TCA members, in

combination with others in the trucking industry, has grown exponentially,

from 30 loads hauled in 2008 to 450 loads hauled in 2016,” said TCA President

John Lyboldt. “It’s moving to see, year after year, how the trucking industry

comes together to support the Worcester family and Wreaths Across America’s

mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.”</span></p>

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<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>The gala’s keynote speaker was

Colonel Mark Tillman, pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009,

including during the September 11 attacks. Tillman detailed the harrowing

hours flying President Bush that day, uncertain if Air Force One itself would

be targeted in the attacks. His engaging speech highlighted the courage and

teamwork of all agencies and personnel responsible for ensuring the President’s

safety. </span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'> </span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>A unique performance of the

National Anthem was delivered by artist/vocalist Joe Everson, who painted a

portrait of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima as he sang. The painting was

placed in the silent auction and quickly became the big ticket item of the

night, with a winning bid of $5,258.</span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'> </span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>Other notable participants

included Sue Pollard, the 2017-18 president of American Gold Star Mothers,

Inc., an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service

to the U.S.; Lieutenant Colonel Sid Taylor, Arlington National Cemetery

chaplain, who blessed the dinner; and Morrill and Karen Worcester, of Wreaths

Across America.</span></p>

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<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>The largest pledge of the evening

was a generous $50,000 donation from the National Association of Independent

Truckers, NAIT's insurance partners TransGuard, and IAT Insurance Group.</span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'> </span></p>

<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>The gala was hosted by

Freightliner and Pilot Flying J. Throughout the evening, additional donations

were collected from fundraising opportunities including a photo booth

sponsored by DriverFacts and the “Swag Grab” of WAA memorabilia sponsored by

TravelCenters of America/Petro. There was also The Dog Tag Fundraiser, a

living tribute to deceased veterans in which participants received one

commemorative dog tag printed on-site and one dog tag printed in the name of

a loved one who had served.</span></p>

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<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>The gala took place in conjunction

with TCA’s Inaugural Call on Washington as well as its Policy Committees and

Board of Directors Meetings at the Gaylord National Harbor. As a special

symbol of the event, the Capital Wheel at National Harbor was lit up like a

remembrance wreath with a bow, shining green and red across the Potomac on

Tuesday evening.</span></p>

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<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt;'>For more information about Wreaths

Across America and National Wreaths Across America Day, visit <a href="http://link.email.dynect.net/link.php?DynEngagement=true&H=%2Bdu7sJaY23OO%2BqQ6mC2QqglzHYl8onDna9bYv0z8S%2B2c1yLWI1mxfjF%2FW%2FWe4Wdw3Aqty37Dajmd2LZKKtlTtbjyHsIMJ7Q24CvhN34vuaPF9gIv0AKWXqGjsAjOPFKB&G=0&R=www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.&I=20171012203209.000000206984%40mail6-59-ussnn1&X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjU5ZGZhOTEwNzc1OWUzNmQwOWJjNTllYjs%3D&S=1avsfivUErdj8s4oWQqdvAmpKCxHo9u6f3W6mwNzTPk"><spanstyle="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.</span></a>

To volunteer equipment or driving services, or to sponsor a load to haul the

wreaths, visit <a href="http://link.email.dynect.net/link.php?DynEngagement=true&H=%2Bdu7sJaY23OO%2BqQ6mC2QqglzHYl8onDna9bYv0z8S%2B2c1yLWI1mxfjF%2FW%2FWe4Wdw3Aqty37Dajmd2LZKKtlTtbjyHsIMJ7Q24CvhN34vuaPF9gIv0AKWXqGjsAjOPFKB&G=0&R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.TruckloadOfRespect.com&I=20171012203209.000000206984%40mail6-59-ussnn1&X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjU5ZGZhOTEwNzc1OWUzNmQwOWJjNTllYjs%3D&S=hDZgqBQRWgjeDOEWsBV4VWrB9mgttQc_SOWMWDwuYdU"><spanstyle="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">www.TruckloadOfRespect.com</span></a>.

You can also search the hashtag #WAAGala to view photos and updates from the

event.</span></p>

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<p><span style='margin: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 11.5pt; font-style: italic;'>TCA

is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the

truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents

dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating

in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada.

Representing operators of nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce

annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to

specific truckload carrier needs.</span></p>

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