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    2017 Shine ‘n Star Contest Call for Entries

    Submit photos of your favorite tow trucks for a chance to win in the industry’s largest tow truck photo beauty contest. Brought to you by Tow Times and powered by Ford Trucks.

    Five categories to enter: Light-duty tow truck, Medium-duty tow truck, Heavy-duty tow truck, car carrier and working truck.

    Great prizes: The Grand Prize winner receives $1,000, a commemorative plaque, and the winning entry’s photo will appear on the November 2017 Tow Times cover. First place winners each receive $500, a commemorative plaque and a photo of the winning truck on the cover of an issue of Tow Times magazine. Second place winners each receive $300, a commemorative plaque and a photo of the winning truck on the cover of an issue of Tow Times magazine. Third place winners each receive $200, a commemorative plaque and a photo of the winning truck on the cover of an issue of Tow Times magazine.

    There’s no purchase necessary.

    Entry deadline is June 30, 2017.

    There are multiple ways to enter. For more information on how to enter and contest rules, click on the banner (top right) of this page. Entry information and an entry form are also in the April issue of Tow Times and on the Tow Times Facebook page.

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    Missy

    Meet Missy. Her story is special. Missy and Pongo were rescues from Tennessee by employee office manager Kathy Baumgardner at B&C Auto Menders. They came as a pair and could not be separated. In November 2015, tragedy struck. Pongo and Missy were at home and Pongo got himself into trouble by shredding a blanket. Unfortunately, the blanket impacted his stomach and esophagus and after 24 hours of trying to save him the surgery was unsuccessful and Pongo passed. Pongo was the leader and Missy’s security. Without him, Missy was lost and depressed.

    David Bear, co-owner of B&C Auto Menders, allowed me to bring Missy to work every day. In the beginning she would not come out of a corner. David began bringing her daily treats, slowly getting her out of the corner and even into his office. It’s because of him that Missy was brought out of her depression.

    Now you can find Missy in the shop office every day, getting her treats from parts delivery, napping, having her morning and afternoon snack time with David, and sometimes she goes to the shop to see co-owner Steve Carbaugh and the technicians (which is usually on their lunchtime, so they don’t know what she’s really up to — more snacks.)

    Now she’s excited to come to work and greets people with her smile, which customers and delivery drivers enjoy. She’s become a part of the office and if she stays home a day it’s not the same without her.

    B&C Auto Menders opened in August 2002, in Gettysburg Pa., and is owned by David Bear and Steve Carbaugh. I’m very honored to work here and thankful that with the help of my employers, Missy is finally able to be happy.

    Kathy Baumgardner

    B&C Auto Menders

    Gettysburg, Pa.

    Missy (top) and Pongo — inseparable before tragedy struck.

     

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10th Annual USAC/MD Charity Golf Classic

USAC/MD will host its 10th annual USAC/MD Charity Golf Tournament in conjunction with the Florida Tow Show. All proceeds will benefit the International Towing and Recovery Museum’s Survivor Fund.

The 4-person scramble will be held on Thursday, April 20, at the Celebration Golf Club in Celebration, Fla. It will include a luncheon at noon, an 18-hole scramble and an awards ceremony.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and tee-off is at 1 p.m. Since it’s the 10th anniversary, we have additional sponsorship opportunities, a commemorative t-shirt, prize opportunities to include Carnival Cruises, $1,000 Gift Cards, Major League Sporting event or NASCAR tickets and more.

Over the past 10 years, the golf tournament has raised more than $100,000 for the International Towing and Recovery Museum’s Survivor Fund. The Survivor Fund supports the families of towers and roadside service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“The USAC/MD Golf Classic has become a fun and important annual event to support the Survivor Fund,” said USAC/MD Director of Service Provider Networks, Laura Mastronardi. “Thanks to the generosity of the many people who make it successful, we are able to make a significant financial contribution to the survivor fund and the families of those service providers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.”

To join the fun or learn more about the event visit www.usacmdgolfclassic.com or contact Matthew Miller at 770-967-8405.


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