Driving Change for the United Way
For as long as we can remember, giving back to the community and supporting those less fortunate have always been extremely important to Drive Wheaton. The Wheaton family have not only been in the automobile industry for most of their lives, but they’ve been donating their time and money to United Way for more than a quarter century. Don Wheaton Sr. used to tell everyone that for each eight hour work day, you should dedicate one hour of that to giving back to the community.
Last year we had our first Food Truck Friday, called Driving Change for the United Way, a gathering of local food trucks that would all then donate a portion of their sales during the event to the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. On August 22nd, we had our second annual event on the Sun Toyota used vehicle lot. We had a great turnout, with six returning trucks and two brand new. Local Omnivore, Sailin’ On Food Truck, Bully Food Truck, La Poutine, Yellowbird Cafe Truck, and Little Village made a comeback, while Atilla the HUNgry and Casa 12 Doce made their debut.
The event featured live entertainment from three young up-and-coming acts. One was Brenda Dirk, the second the dynamic duo of Deanna Missins & Taylor Hambly, and lastly the pair of Zoe & Denon. We also had DJ Thomas Culture there for the whole event, as well as our sponsors from UP! 99.3 and the Trucksicle from 102.3 Now! Radio.
We had tons of volunteers from our dealerships come and help out with the event, as well as sponsors from Strathcom Media hooking us up with sound equipment, Jag Printing with all our printed materials, and photography by JustPhoto.
The event was a huge success, drawing nearly 1000 people through the course of the night, and the Edmonton Fringe Festival was just across the street! We were pleased that we could give back a great night to the Edmonton community while also raising awareness and donations for the United Way. We can’t wait until next years event, and we expect it to be even bigger. Check out the pictures below to see what happened through the course of the day!