This year, the Trucks for Smiles event at the Somerset County Fairgrounds is more than just about raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation but also remembering one of the event’s organizers who passed away in November.
The seventh annual Trucks for Smiles event was a bittersweet one.
“The past year, dad passed away.”
Mark Friedline who began this annual tradition seven years ago passed away from COVID-19 last year.
“This year, we’re trying to make it bigger and better just for him and keep it going for many years to come.”
The event most popular for its truck convoy has raised over 217-thousand dollars for Make-A-Wish and over 45 children have had their wishes granted because of it.
“Today’s Trucks for Smiles is in memory and in tribute to Mark Friedline. And, of course, fund the wishes of children in this area.”
But Trucks for Smiles will live on with auctions, food trucks, and family friendly fun.
“Everyone really enjoys the convoy, loves to socialize. And the meaning behind it with the Make-A-Wish I mean, you can’t beat that. It’s great.”
Now Mark’s eight children will carry him everywhere in the form of a necklace or keychain to carry on his legacy.
“He started it at the beginning, and he’s been in charge of it ever since. Now it’s been thrown on our shoulders to take it over and keep going with it.”
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