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Big Idaho Potato Truck breaks National Tour record
The Big Idaho Potato Truck had a new mission in 2015 to deliver “A Big Helping” to charities across the U.S. by providing them with a unique opportunity to raise money and awareness for their cause.
“The Truck has always had a charitable component to it, and for the 2015 tour we wanted to be more involved with the donations and to provide assistance to a variety of organizations,” explained Frank Muir, President and CEO, Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). “ ‘A Big Helping’ was not only a huge success, it was also extremely rewarding. We helped raise money for a parks department in Tennessee to build a wheelchair accessible ramp, we provided funding for a public garden in Boise, Idaho and we met Jacob Walker, the world’s smallest boy, and donated to his Make-A-Wish fund to get him to Disney World.”
Local charities in 13 markets participated in "A Big Helping" program. At each event, the Tater Team encouraged attendees to sign a poster and for every signature collected the IPC made a donation of one dollar – collecting up to $500 for each charity.
The tour began in 2012 as a one-year campaign to celebrate the IPC’s 75th anniversary and it was apparent from the start, based on the reaction from consumers, the industry and the media, that the Truck would not be retiring any time soon. Today, it’s a pop culture icon that has visited 48 states, met millions of people across the country and generated billions of media impressions.
For more information visit www.idahopotato.com.
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