Good to go
H.O. Bouchard lends efforts to 2 worthy causes
Staff and family members at H.O. Bouchard have been involved in two high profile community projects recently: Hurricane Sandy relief and fundraising for breast cancer research.
Soon after Hurricane Sandy, a group of Waldo County citizens headed by a local Girl Scout troop formed and went to work collecting aid items for victims in the Long Island area of New York City. Hurricane Sandy hit the New York region in late October, and parts of Long Island were among the hardest hit.
According to the Penobscot Bay Pilot, donations of daily care products, home supplies, clean clothing, blankets, sheets, coats, hats, gloves, baby supplies, non-perishable food, toilet paper, pet food/supplies, and personal hygiene supplies and more came pouring in.
H.O Bouchard, Inc. of Hampden donated a truck and fuel to take the goods to New York. Dysart’s donated use of the trailer.
Jeff Bouchard, the company’s operations manager, shared the driving with Raymond Tucker. (Tucker’s daughter is part of a troop of local Girl Scouts who organized the effort.) The trip involved a quick turnaround: Bouchard and Tucker left at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 and returned at 8 p.m. the next day.
“We very rarely, if ever make deliveries to Long Island,” said Bouchard. “It was a long day, but it was worth it. We switched off driving. More than 50 people were there unloading us, so it worked out very nicely. They really appreciated it, and we were glad to help out!”
Twenty-two H.O. Bouchard employees, family members and friends took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on the Bangor Waterfront on September 16.
The H.O. Bouchard team, Trucking for Ta-Tas, managed to raise $2,015 this year with generous support from H.O. Bouchard Inc., Comstock Woodlands Corp., Bangor Truck & Trailer and many generous individuals.
With their bright pink T-shirts emblazoned with the team’s slogan, the team’s enthusiasm and sense of humor brought an upbeat note to a serious subject – ending breast cancer. On the team were Jordan Cust, Melinda Cust, Brian Bouchard, Jeff Bouchard, Libbie Bouchard, Sue Brooks, Stephen Cust, Lynn Elwell, Yvonne Gould, Leanne Leigh, Nathan Leigh, Chris Leighton, Gene Look, Kathy Look, Irv Smith, Justin Smith, Debra Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Aaron Walker, Scott Wilson, Hannah Wood and Jennifer Wood.
While most team members walked the 5K course, Trucking for Ta-Tas had two timed runners: Hannah Wood, Gene Look’s granddaughter, and Jordan Cust (team captain) who works in Bouchard’s parts department. Hannah and Jordan had running times of 26:32 and 31:09, respectively. Several team members have made it their goal to be competitive runners in next year’s Race for the Cure.
H.O. Bouchard, Inc. operates one of the Northeast’s largest and most diversified tank trailer and flat bed fleets for heavy transport of energy fuels, industrial raw materials, and other products.
FMI: To learn more about the Race for the Cure in Maine, visit www.komenmaine.org. For more information about H.O. Bouchard Inc., visit www.hobouchard.com