AWI Takes Top Spot In Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy

Grocery, c-store wholesaler raised $15,500 for children with life-threatening conditions

ROBESONIA, Pa. -- When the tractor-trailers and fire trucks line up for the 2010 Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy for Wishes, Associated Wholesalers Inc. will be ahead of every other company. AWI earned the privilege by virtue of being the No. 1 fundraiser for the 2009 convoycollecting $15,500 in support of the Truck Convoy for Wishes to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia.

The money will help to fund wishes, which average $3,400 each, according to the foundation.
AWI has participated in the convoy since 2007, each year raising [image-nocss] more money than the year before. AWI's three-year total is $33,860.

"AWi's continued kindness and generosity is what allows the foundation to continue its mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions," said Marisa Campanici-Salm, regional manager in Make-A-Wish's Pottsville office. "AWI continues to amaze us with its outstanding corporate fundraising campaigns year after year. We are blessed because of AWI."
The 42-mile convoy, held May 3, began and ended at Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg. Jose Rodriguez drove the AWI truck.

AWI raised money from its associates, vendors and customers at its headquarters and nearby truck terminal in Robesonia; office and distribution center in York; and seven corporate-owned grocery stores in Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland and York counties.

Based in Robesonia, Pa., AWI is a retailer-owned cooperative serving members and customers that operate supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the eastern United States, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. AWI provides food and household products, including its own Shurfine, Western Family and White Rose brands, from its distribution centers in Robesonia an and York, Pa., and Carteret, N.J.

[Pictured: Marisa Campanici-Salm, regional manager in Make-A-Wish's Pottsville office (center, with check);AWI employees (from left) Susan Strangarity, Jose Rodriguez, Bill Erbe, Jackie Wessner and Renee Erbe.]