Junior League of Raleigh Revs Up for 3rd Annual TOUCH-A-TRUCK® Event Benefiting BackPack Buddies
Discounted event tickets and family ticket packages on sale
Raleigh | February 28, 2018: The Junior League of Raleigh is revving up to host its annual TOUCH-A-TRUCK® fundraiser this April to benefit its expanding BackPack Buddies program. Perfect for kids of all ages and interests, the lively event is sure to be a truckload of fun with construction equipment, emergency trucks, big rigs and mobile machinery to touch, climb on and explore. Children will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with Wake County’s finest including first responders, truck operators, area builders and community helpers.
“TOUCH-A-TRUCK offers families the unique opportunity to experience the trucks, machines and people they see in their neighborhoods and on our city streets in a new way,” said Marisa Bryant, president of the Junior League of Raleigh. “This event teaches children the importance of community service and opens their eyes to the many ways in which they can help their local communities.”
Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the 2018 TOUCH-A-TRUCK fundraising event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Hill Lot near Dorothea Dix Park at 701 Barbour Drive in downtown Raleigh. A quiet hour with no lights, sirens or horns will kick off the event and last until 11 a.m. for those who may be sensitive to lights and loud noises.
Discounted $5 event tickets and family packages are now on sale at jlraleigh.org/fundraising/touch-a-truck. Tickets will also be available at the event for $6 each; admission is free for children under 1.
Proceeds from TOUCH-A-TRUCK will benefit the Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies program, which feeds children from food-insecure families in Wake County. In partnership with area schools, BackPack Buddies currently provides food to more than 150 students in need. Children receive a package containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks, including fresh fruits, to take home at the end of every week during the traditional school year. Junior League of Raleigh has recently partnered with Camp High Hopes to expand this schoolyear-based program into the summer, providing weekend meals to children for eight weeks during their time at camp.
To learn more about TOUCH-A-TRUCK or to become an event sponsor visit: jlraleigh.org/fundraising/touch-a-truck.
About the Junior League of Raleigh
The Junior League of Raleigh is the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, volunteerism. Now in its 88th year, the Junior League of Raleigh boasts nearly 1,600 women supporting community organizations around Wake County.
2018 TOUCH-A-TRUCK At-A-Glance
WHEN: Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Quiet Hour from 10 to 11 a.m. (No horns or lights.)
WHERE: Spring Hill Lot near Dorothea Dix Park
701 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
WHAT: Perfect for kids of all ages and interests, the lively event is sure to be a truckload of fun with construction equipment, emergency trucks, big rigs and mobile machinery to touch, climb on and explore.
Other special activities and entertainment will include a bounce house, face-painting, area mascots and more.
Event proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies program.
TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased in advance and at the event; admission is free for children under 1.
Discounted event tickets and family ticket packages are now on sale at jlraleigh.org/fundraising/touch-a-truck.
- $5 per ticket
- $15 Family of 4 Pack
- $20 Family of 5 Pack
Tickets will be $6 each at the event.
Event will be held rain or shine.