Raleigh, N.C. — The 2014 Plane Pull presented by Credit Suisse to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina was a success raising more than $100,000, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
“More than 70 teams from across the state had a great time competing for bragging rights while supporting more than 38,000 registered Special Olympics athletes in North Carolina,” Fishburne said. “Involvement from corporate teams, community groups and law enforcement agencies made the event in its 16th year one of the best ever!”
The 2014 Plane Pull featured a contest among five-person teams to determine who could pull a 30,000 pound Delta plane a distance of 25 feet the fastest. Competition took place in three divisions (corporate/community, law enforcement and female), and an overall champion was crowned after a pull-off between the top 20 fastest teams. The State Highway Patrol Smokey Bears with team members Joe Bright, Michael Paul Jones, Anthony Chambers, Jeremy Zachary and Paul Jermaine Mitchell were crowned the overall 2014 Plane Pull Champion with a pull time of 8.64 seconds.
The event’s top individual fundraisers were Jim Farrell of Credit Suisse who raised $3,625 for Special Olympics followed by the second place individual fundraiser Chris Hatley of Tyler’s Jet Stream Boys who raised $3,500. The top fundraising team was Credit Suisse’s “Helevetians”, with team members Justin Crawford, Justin Chavis, Jason Anson, Ross Wroblewski and James Captain raising$7,705. Credit Suisse contributed nearly $66,000 through a corporate grant ($50,000) and employee team fundraising ($16,000). Credit Suisse also provided many of the volunteers for the event day.
ResCare, which includes CNC Access and Community Alternatives North Carolina, was represented by nine teams in the competition. Company sponsorship included a corporate grant of $10,000. RDU International Airport had two teams participate and raised over $3,000. Delta, UPS and RDU International Airport contributed the plane, tarmac and airport resources at no cost in addition to participating teams. More than 40 employees from Delta Airlines volunteered at the event including Delta Station Manager RDU, Tom Marzouk. Delta also fielded five teams.
Top fundraising team:
Credit Suisse’s Helevetians – $7,705
Top fundraising individuals:
Jim Farrell (Credit Suisse) – $3,625
Chris Hatley (Tyler’s Jet Stream Boys) – $3,500
The most creative T-shirt design prize was awarded to the Credit Suisee Super Human Resources team lead by team member Carrie Randall.
The 2014 Plane Pull results are:
- CANC Northwest Nitro – 9.05
- Food Lion DC4 Team Strong – 9.15
- RDU Airport Maintenance – MX Muscle – 9.39
Law Enforcement Division
- State Highway Patrol Smokey Bears – 8.64 Overall Champs
- Cary Police Department – 9.21
- Cumberland Cty Probation Flying Bullets – 9.27
- CANC Victorious Secret – 10.5
- Tyler’s Jet Stream Girls – 12.89
- HMS Host Bahama Mammas – 13.38
Trophies were awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each division. The State Highway Patrol Smokey Bears also received a grand champion trophy.
Other 2014 Plane Pull sponsors included Event sponsors include: Credit Suisse, HMS Host, Delta, RDU International Airport, UPS, ResCare, Food Lion, Sheetz, Bandwidth, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, Archer Western Contractors and TCS Event Rentals.
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.