After a successful 2017 “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 auction, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) anticipates greater results when its second Everyday Heroes truck is auctioned at Ritchie Bros in Phoenix AZ on Friday.
Proceeds from the sale go directly to TAT—a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing, and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and rest stop employees.
“Human trafficking is a terrible crime that affects millions in the United States each year, and the trucking industry can—and is—making a difference,” said Don Blake, the new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth Phoenix and a TAT board member who is the driving force behind the Kenworth T680 auction.
“The winning bidder for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 will help fund Truckers Against Trafficking and increase awareness of human trafficking and TAT’s mission to end it. We look forward to a successful auction.”
Added Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director: “Fundraising events, such as the Everyday Heroes auction, truly brings the trucking industry together to achieve a common goal. The contributions Don Blake has made to make this auction happen is truly admirable. Because of Don, we are able to join forces with others in the trucking industry to fight against human trafficking through the auction of this special Kenworth T680.
“The money raised from this event will help Truckers Against Trafficking continue to bring justice to those being trafficked.”
The special Kenworth T680 is fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, 485-horsepower PACCAR MX-13 engine and PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission.
“Many of the companies that helped make our 2017 Everyday Heroes truck possible stepped up to the plate again through monetary and equipment donations for this year’s truck,” Blake said. “This fundraising event for Truckers Against Trafficking wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors’ support.”
In 2017, Mike Jimenez, owner of Phoenix-based J&L Transportation, submitted the winning bid for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 that was auctioned. The bid resulted in an $83,000 donation to TAT, the largest single donation to the organization.
“We were able to generate a significant donation through the auctioning of our last Everyday Heroes truck, and our hope is that we can surpass that mark this year,” Blake said. “Truckers Against Trafficking is an incredible organization, and we as a trucking industry can make a difference in bringing the crime of human trafficking to an end.”
Interested parties can bid on the truck online, by proxy or in person. Bidders can register in advance at rbauction.com/heavy-equipment-auctions/phoenix-az-2019184. Interested parties also can obtain online buying information at rbauction.com/buying/how-to-buy/online or call Ritchie Bros at (602) 269-5631 for assistance. For those able to attend the auction, Ritchie Bros is located at 5410 W Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix.
To make the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 truck possible, sponsors at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels donated parts and money to help in the manufacturing process.
Providing industry support for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 are:
- Platinum Level: Kenworth Truck Company, Inland Kenworth and Ritchie Bros
- Gold Level: PACCAR Engine, SEG Automotive and Swift Charities
- Silver Level: Bendix, Bridgestone, Eaton, FlowBelow, Horton, Jost, Meritor, PACCAR Financial, PACCAR Parts, Trimble, Utility Trailer Sales of Arizona and WABCO
- Bronze Level: Alcoa, Arizona Rock Product Association, Arizona Trucking Association, Beaver Stripes and Molding, Chevron, ConMet, Davco, East Penn, Ex-Guard, National Seats, PrePass/Help Inc, Sheppard and Tectran