The city of Detroit is both generous and strong! The participants in the Second Annual Detroit Truck Pull, presented by Kroger, flexed some serious arm and heart muscles to make this our most successful Truck Pull to date! More than $40,000 was raised at the event, which is $15,000 more than we raised in 2018! The teams competing in this year’s event were ready to set their own records, too.
More than 200 people came out Founders Brewing’s Detroit Taproom on Saturday, August 10 to watch teams of 5-10 people attempt to pull a moving truck 100 feet across the finish line. All of the teams brought expertise from their various backgrounds and applied that to their truck pulling technique. Our hosts from Founders Brewing Co., who are used to maneuvering heavy kegs, put up an amazing 21.4 second run. The South Lyon mom’s club, who are used to maneuvering around unwieldy children, were right behind them with a best time of 24.03 seconds. Community EMS, who are used to staying cool under pressure, can brag about their 20.11 second best run time. All the other teams were also hanging tough in that low 20 second time range, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to hold off the University Moving & Storage team. Ben Cross put up a Herculean effort to ensure the this year’s event was another triumph and he applied that same drive to his team’s pull. At the end of the day, University’s 18.69 second run took home the gold.
Competition aside, the unexpected and continued generosity of Kroger was the real showstopper of the day. Kroger has been a pivotal partner of the Detroit Truck Pull over the past 2 years, and their support for Move For Hunger has only continued to grow. Going into this year’s event, Kroger was already our presenting sponsor. We also worked together to organize a few food drives leading up to the event in which we collected and delivered more than 6,400 lbs. of food to Detroit food banks. As if that wasn’t enough, members of Kroger’s leadership helped pull the truck this year AND decided to surprise us with an additional $5,000 donation on the day of the event. We are truly grateful to the Kroger organization and their valued team members who champion our cause!
None of it would have been possible without the Detroit Regional Relocation Council planning committee, especially Ben Cross and Jill Partaka, of V-Suites — they really helped to spearhead the efforts this year.
Many thanks to everyone involved in taking the Detroit Truck Pull to the next level this year, including all of our sponsors: Kroger, the Detroit Relocation Council, University Moving & Storage, Founders Brewing Co., Kapnick Insurance, Impact Group, Plus Relocation, Cartus, SIRVA, Bristol Global Mobility, Quicken Loans, V-Suites, ReloTrans Auto Transport, Weichert, and Corporate Comfort. We appreciate your support of our mission to reduce food waste and fight hunger, both in Michigan and nationwide!