The 19th annual “Wishes on Wheels” Truck Convoy to benefit Make-A-Wish Connecticut will take place on Sunday September 16th, 2018 at 9:00AM. The convoy of approximately 500 trucks will gather at Rentschler Field in East Hartford and depart along a parade route on I-84 and I-384 around 9:30AM. Over 100 Connecticut Wish Family Members look forward to this yearly event, as they are able to ride in the trucks of their choice. And after the parade, Wish families and the general public are invited to enjoy a carnival-like setting with activities, prize drawings and a celebration of over 30 years of wishes come true.
“The trucking industry is a family,” commented Keith Herzig, Immediate Past Board Chair for Make-A-Wish Connecticut. “We wanted to find a way work together and give back to the community, so a small group of us got together and started this event 19 years ago. We never imagined it would grow to be the largest one-day event in the Connecticut! Once you become involved with Make-A-Wish, you are always a part of the family. We are proud and honored to be a part of that family.”
Make-A-Wish kids that participate in the annual truck convoy often form long-lasting relationships with the truck drivers. They even stay in touch and ride in the same vehicles year after year. The convoy is an event Wish Families look forward to year-round.
Since it began 19 years ago, the annual “Wishes on Wheels” Truck Convoy has raised over $1 Million for Make-A-Wish Connecticut, granting countless wishes to kids when they need it most.
The convoy’s route is listed below. Residents are advised to expect heavy delays throughout the convoy route on Sunday morning.
For questions regarding Wishes on Wheels, visit wishesonwheels.com. For questions regarding Make-A-Wish Connecticut, call 203.261.9044 or visit ct.wish.org.
CONVOY ROUTE & ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION:
TYPE OF SPECIAL EVENT: Wishes on Wheels Truck Convoy
WHERE: Rentschler field, Silver Lane East Hartford
WHEN: Sunday, September 16th, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
The trucks will depart from Rentschler Field between 9:30AM and 10:00AM Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 crossing over Silver Lane in East Hartford and then onto Roberts St. and directly onto I-84 East. From here they will travel I-384 East traveling to Exit 5 and exiting. They will go left onto Route 85 in Bolton and getting right back on the entrance ramp to I-384 West. Then they will exit I-384 West onto I-84 West and exit at Exit 58 - Roberts Street, turning left onto Roberts Street and crossing over Silver Lane back to Rentschler Field via the Cabella's/Pratt & Whitney entrance at 12:00PM.
Police will escort this Special Event.