Touch a Truck 2016

On Saturday, July 30, Touch a Truck 2016 rolled into Madison with a spectacular display of 28 trucks and other vehicles. The Friends of the Madison Public Library, in cooperation with the Madison Area YMCA and the Rotary Club of Madison once again held another successful family event for the community. The Friends made $21,000 for the library thanks to the 1300 people who attended the event, the sponsors who supported us and the vehicle owners who made it all possible.

Walking around the grounds of the library and the YMCA, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement–magic shows, model railroad display, balloon creations, face painting, tattoos and pizza. However, the 28 ’trucks’ were the main attraction. Children were so eager to be hoisted into the driver’s seat, ‘shift gears’ and honk horns. Parents and grandparents were ready with cell phone cameras to capture the thrill. If the longest line is any indication of the truck that caught the imagination of the children, it was a tie between the flat bed with piggy back and the mini-excavator. The most unique horn was also a tie between the Crash Response truck and police patrol car. And, that little Miata was just their size!

Creativity flourished this year. The Madison Ambulance Corps had a table of dress-up gear. Children, and parents too, could put on helmets, vests, stethoscopes and pose for pictures. Pipe Works had an interesting plumbing display.  This was the first time Touch a Truck had two K9 units from the Morris County Sheriff’s Department who provided five vehicles, including a bomb squad with a robot.

All of the trucks were special—their variety provided such excitement and anticipation for the boys and girls who were all in overdrive. Whether making a mail delivery or opening and closing doors of a passenger bus, to see the smiles on their faces was a real joy. And, everyone was thankful that the rain held off until just before closing.

We are extremely grateful to those who always return: Chatham Moving & Storage, Jaeger Lumber, Honor Tree, DK Tree Experts, Monk’s, Madison Honda, Pipe Works, F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of YMCA, Madison Fire, Police and Ambulance and Atlantic Ambulance.  And, we welcome our newest contributors: Panek’s Service, Passaic Valley Coach, US Postal Service, Morris Animal Inn, Madison Department of Public Works and Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Refreshments were provided by Firehouse Pizza, Whole Foods Market and Pius Ice Cream. The Madison Rotary Club provided many volunteers, the YMCA, a portion of its parking lot and Carmine Toto, part of his property with a model railroad display and antique memorabilia.

With heartfelt thanks to all of our truck owners, sponsors, in-kind donors, patrons, volunteers and tent owners!

The Friends of The Madison Public Library Touch a Truck Committee:

Mary Beth Cooney, Coordinator; Sylvia Luber, Trucks; Sue Heffernan and Gigi Collins, Tickets; Laurie Harting, Sponsors; Rose Mary Dinnhaupt, Publicity; Barbara Carey, Treasurer; Tracey Roth, Refreshments; Kathleen Balascio & Val King, Truck Lunches; Peggy Oakes, Volunteers; Nancy Adamczyk, Library Director.

The Friends of the Madison Public Library would like to thank all those who made Touch A Truck possible!

Truck Owners

Atlantic Ambulance Corps; Chatham Moving & Storage; DK Tree Experts, LLC; FM Kirby Children’s Center of the YMCA; Honor Tree Service; Jaeger Lumber; Madison DPW; Madison Fire Department; Madison Honda; Madison Police Department; Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Mary Ellen Lenahan; Monk’s Home Improvements; Morris Animal Inn; Morris County Sheriff’s Office; Panek’s Service; Passaic Valley Coach; Pipe Works Services, LLC; Pius Ice Cream; United States Postal Service; and to Craig Sacco (Chatham Moving & Storage) for parking the trucks.

Generous Sponsors

Monster Truck Level: $1,000 and Above

$5000 Anonymous donor, Investors Foundation, Madison Rotary Club, Dana Stokes

Fire Truck Level $500-$999

Madison Animal Hospital, The Montessori Children’s Academy, Tom & Joanne Bintinger

Police Car Level: $250-$499          

Nancy Adamczyk, Breckman/Landau Family, Tom & Maureen Byrne, Bill & Louise Easton, Mary Beth Hansbury, David & Sylvia Luber, Dr. Sam Romano

Ambulance Level: $100-$249

Chatham Moving & Storage; Honor Tree Service; Jaeger Lumber; Panek’s Service Center; Pius Ice Cream; Rocco’s Tuscany Bar & Grill; Stacy Russo, CPA; Wiley, Malehorn, Sirota & Raynes; Altrui/Collins Family; George & Barbara Carey; Mary Beth Cooney; Rose Mary Dinnhaupt; Brian & Sue Heffernan; Peggy & Kirk Oakes; Gary & Joyce Ruckelshaus

Motorcycle Level: below $100

Marc Anthony Salon, Morris Animal Inn, Laurie & Gregg Harting, Jeanne Eisele, Lisa & Ken Sullivan

In-Kind Donors

Madison Department of Public Works; Madison Fire Department; Madison Police Department; Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Morris County Sheriff’s Office; Whole Foods Market; Firehouse Pizza; Madison Mud Clay Studio; West Jersey High Railers; Fratelli’s Deli; Mike Bradley

Special Thanks to:

Bob Conley & the Madison Area YMCA; Carmine Toto & family; the Madison Rotary volunteers; the Craig Erezuma family & Boy Scout Troop #7; Nancy Adamczyk, Bruce Heesemann, Emily Weisenstein & the entire library staff; “Tom Bintinger and the Library Trustees;” Pat Tagg and the artistic face painters; our tent providers; Garry Herzog and the Madison Eagle; the Borough of Madison: Police Chief Darren Dachisen, Fire Chief Lou DeRosa, Captain Robert Landrigan of the Volunteer Ambulance Corps, David Maines of the Department of Public Works, Matthew Aaron, Postmaster; and all of our other volunteers without whom Touch A Truck would not be possible.