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Touch A Truck raises funds for Autism



Published: Fri, July 5, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Gianna Dalesandro (left) and Jorden Gilmore explored a semi truck during Touch A Truck June 29.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Charlie (left) and Lainey Rothrauff climbed inside of a SWAT truck during Touch A Truck June 29.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Addison Ernst explored a firetruck during Touch A Truck June 29.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman.Noah Burkett attended Touch A Truck June 29 in conjunction with Celebrate Poland.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Matthew Lilak tested out a tractor from Mill Creek Metro Parks during Touch A Truck June 29 at Celebrate Poland.

By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN

acrisman@vindy.com

The Rich Center for Autism hosted Touch A Truck, in conjunction with Celebrate Poland, June 29.

The event, sponsored by Farmers National Bank and Sweeney Chevrolet and Buick, featured over 30 vehicles of many shapes, sizes and purposes. Some of the vehicles shown were firetrucks, police cruisers, a mail truck, a limo, the Mill Creek Metro Parks’ John Deer tractor and a SWAT truck.

Children and adults were able to explore each of the vehicles present.

“Each vehicle has a driver and participants can learn how each vehicle works and what it is used for,” said Lisa Long, associate director of development at The Rich Center for Autism.

Although the event was free of charge, The Rich Center for Autism did accept donations.

“This event is a great way for us to raise awareness about what we do at the Rich Center for Autism, as well as a wonderful way to raise money,” said Long.

“We are a non profit that can only thrive with community support,” said Wilson.

All money raised at the event will go to The Rich Center.

“The Rich Center provides education, therapy and support year around to children at no cost to the children’s family,” said Long. “We have a big need since we have 65 students and it costs a lot of money to make sure the students get what they need.”

Wilson thanked the sponsors of the event.

“It would not have been possible without the support our sponsors,” said Wilson.


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