Paris Star Online
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Chris Klein-Geltink led the way in the passenger seat of Scott Verbruggen's truck Saturday, as the duo was the lead vehicle in a 47-truck convoy. Klein-Geltink, a Special Olympics athlete from Woodstock, met Verbruggen through baseball. Verbruggen is friends with Klein-Geltink's brother and the connection led to Verbruggen joining the Special Olympics Truck Convoy in 2012 for the first time. “With a partner like him, how could I not?” Verbruggen said after the convoy Saturday.
The idea of a fundraising calendar came about this spring and by July he had enough photos of trucks — some taken by himself, others donated — to compile a 2014 calendar. It was summer by the time they returned from the printer and then it was a mad dash to sell them to raise money to support Special Olympics. As of Saturday, proceeds from the calendar had already raised $7,000, making Verbruggen one of the top-12 drivers per money raised for the convoy.
The top dozen brought in more than $27,000 of the $80,000 raised this year. As the convoy goes into its 10th year in 2014, organizers hope to top $100,000 in pledges and donations.
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