OnTrac “Delivering Hope” Promotion to Donate $1,000 to Winning Charity

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 12:42:15 PM

Today OnTrac launched its Delivering Hope sweepstakes; organized to allow businesses the opportunity to give back to their charity of choice.

Holidays are known as the season of giving back. Now through Thursday, December 3, businesses are suggested to participate by visiting OnTrac’s Facebook page and entering the sweepstakes. A nomination of the elected charity is required within 250 words or less. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a prize of $1,000 to donate to the nominated charity. OnTrac will make a donation on behalf of the company.

“One of our company initiatives that is near and dear to me personally is OnTrac Delivering Hope,” says OnTrac Vice President Laura Peterson. “This is our way as a company to not only give back to a beloved charitable cause, but to also spread the word about the many charities that need help this time of the year.”

To enter the Delivering Hope contest, please visit www.facebook.com/OnTracShipping and visit the contest tab. Entrants must be a registered business or organization represented by the person submitting the form. Shared entries via social media will provide the entrant bonus entries. Each nomination form must include #OnTracDeliveringHope, and each charity must be listed under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) or other applicable law as a non-profit entity. Photos submitted with the nomination form are optional. Contest ends December 3 and winners will be contacted via email and announced within seven days. For important terms, conditions and Official Rules please visit woobox.com/ry57ff.

Topics: Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Ground Shipping, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation

OnTrac Delivering Hope at Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 6:00:00 AM

OnTrac participated at the first annual Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix event on Saturday, October 17, 2015. This is the first year that OnTrac participated as a Gold sponsor donating $1,500 to the American Cancer Society. The event took place at the Civic Space Center and included 150 participants walking to end cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraising event and most impactful by bringing communities around the world together for a common cause. The event symbolizes a celebration of life for those who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and taking action to finish the fight. Each Relay for Life event includes an opening ceremony, a lap for survivors, a lap for caregivers, a luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony. OnTrac Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing Laura Peterson said, “On behalf of OnTrac, we are very thankful for Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix for bringing the community together and putting on a special event. It’s great that OnTrac was able to participate this year and help to fight for a cure.”

The event was very successful with additional support from individuals who were unable to attend and a total of over $10,000 in fundraising to find a cure. Relay For Life Community Manager Cristine Frietze said, “It’s a wonderful thing to see support from corporate sponsors, such as OnTrac, as well as community volunteers to help get this event off the ground. Our hard work paid off.” Relay For Life of Downtown Phoenix is still accepting donations. Please follow this link for more information and to make a contribution: relayforlife.org/downtownphoenixaz

Topics: Delivering Hope, Charity, Phoenix, OnTrac, Relay For Life, American Cancer Society

OnTrac Spreads Awareness at the 5th Annual Yoga for Hope Event

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 2:25:00 PM

OnTrac Yoga for Hope 2015OnTrac participated at the 5th annual Yoga for Hope event that took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015. This year also happens to be the 5th year of participation for the OnTrac “Delivering Hope” team. To celebrate the fifth year of the largest yoga fundraiser in Southern California, OnTrac increased its donation to $2500 as a Karma Sponsor. The Yoga for Hope event benefits the City of Hope, which is a leading research and treatment center dedicated to the prevention treatment and cure of cancer.

The goal of Yoga for Hope is to bring awareness to the benefits of relaxation and well-being through gentle restorative yoga practices in combination with traditional treatments for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Nina Hegyi, OnTrac Corporate Account Manager, has led team “Delivering Hope” every year. Hegyi honors her mother through her practice since losing her to cancer. Hegyi shares, “Unfortunately most people have had their lives touched by cancer. The City of Hope, through research and treatment, helps so many families go from hopeless to hopeful.”

The event was held on the field at Petco Park in San Diego for the third consecutive year. Team “Delivering Hope” included ten participants who enjoyed yoga practices from four diverse instructors. Shopping at the Yoga Marketplace featured over 30 vendors, which included team “Delivering Hope” in beading cancer one bracelet at a time. Beading cancer sold handmade bracelets to fundraise for Yoga for Hope. More than $100,000 has been raised since Yoga for Hope started in 2010. Since then, thousands of yogis have united in working together to bring awareness to the City of Hope.

For more information on City of Hope or to donate, please visit cityofhope.org

OnTrac Yoga for Hope 2015

Topics: community involvement, city of hope, cancer awareness, Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Yoga for Hope

OnTrac Ops Manager Drives for Charity

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 10:36:00 AM

How many longest drive contests have you participated in?

I’ve been doing Long Drive competitions since 2008 and participate in 4-8 events a year. It has been a great hobby for me.

When did you start playing golf?

I started playing golf when I was 13 and was immediately hooked to the game.

How did you get involved in longest drive contests?

Around Christmas in 2007 my sister and I watched the Re/Max World Long Drive on ESPN. As I laughed at the guys yelling at their golf balls I told her it looked easy. My sister, being the motivator and supporter she is, signed me up that following spring. I soon realized it wasn’t that easy to not yell at your golf ball.

Can you talk a little bit about your number 2 ranking at the 2011 Re/Max World Long Drive Championship? 

2011 was a very successful year for me. My confidence was built up from finishing in top 5 for 5 of the 6 events I did prior to the World Finals. As the 2011 World Finals came and went, I ended up just short of my goal of being #1 in the world. My longest ball during the World Finals was 437 yards. Although I’ve still been unsuccessful of winning the Super Bowl of Long Drive, I’m happy my ranking hasn’t fallen out of the top 10.

What other tournaments/contests have you participated in?  

I don’t really golf as much as I did before so outside of Long Drive my participation is minimal.

There have been a few opportunities to use your skills to give back – can you talk a little bit about that?

The golf course is a great place to host charity events. I’ve been able to participate in a few. I’m normally on the tee box of a par 5 or long par 4 and anyone that has golfed before knows distance makes the game that much more difficult. My job is to be the golfer’s therapist and ease the stress by making what was a long par 4 into a putt for eagle.

Ben Tua’one, is an Operations Manager for OnTrac in Salt Lake City, UT. 

Topics: Charity, OnTrac, OnTrac in the News

OnTrac Partners with St. Vincent de Paul to Deliver Hope, Food for Sixth-Annual Million Can Crusade

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 11:06:00 AM

OnTrac and KNIX Million Can Kickoff

OnTrac is proud to support St. Vincent de Paul in their efforts to help Arizona's hungry families this holiday season. 

For the sixth year in a row, St. Vincent de Paul will team up with KNIX's morning show team, Ben and Matt, to host the Million Can Crusade.

The Crusade, which will run November 1 – 27, is an effort to collect one million cans of non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul.

"Sometimes people are overwhelmed by the need in our community," Saint Vincent de Paul Executive Director Steve Zabilski said. "But every donation makes a difference. To a struggling family, an emergency food box can go a long way to stretch their household budget so that when all the bills are paid, they can still put food on the table."

OnTrac will be sponsoring 250 boxes across the state of Arizona. The boxes will be placed in 119 Safeway stores throughout the Valley.

"We are truly grateful to be part of the Million Can Crusade for the third year in a row," OnTrac Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Laura Peterson said. "They are a dedicated organization and make a real difference in the community.  We are happy to be able to help." 

The Million Can Crusade Kick-Off event was held Friday, November 1, at Safeway store #2644, located at 1855 N Power Rd in Mesa, Arizona, 85207.

In addition to OnTrac, Safeway and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union locations across the state are participating. Donations of canned foods can be dropped off at Safeway locations, while monetary donations can be made at both Safeway and Desert Schools.

The food donated will help fill the shelves of St. Vincent de Paul's network of over 80 parish-based food pantries in central and northern Arizona. Last year, food pantry volunteers delivered nearly 400,000 food boxes to hungry families.svp logo

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.

Topics: Million Can Crusade, community involvement, St. Vincent de Paul, Charity

Soles 4 Souls

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 3:50:00 PM

OnTrac is proud to support local Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 2870 of Orange County, California in their efforts to help

Soles for Souls


In May, Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 2870 decided to do a community service project. The girls had been learning about connecting with their community and taking action to help others. After finding out that millions of children and adults worldwide need shoes, and that not having shoes can lead to serious problems, the girls decided to hold a shoe drive with Soles for Souls.

Soles for Souls is a group working to help people around the world who desperately need shoes. The group provides disaster relief, creates micro-enterprise, and donates shoes to orphanages and homeless shelters. 

The girls set a goal of collecting 150 pairs of shoes from friends, family, neighbors, and community members. They exceeded their goal by collecting over 200 pairs of shoes for Soles for Souls! Because they are a non-profit organization dedicated to using their funds to alleviate the effects of poverty, Soles for Souls asks its shoe drive partners to cover the cost of shipping the shoes to their warehouses.

“We knew this could get expensive, as well as challenging for us logistically,” said Leslie Wilson, Troop 2870 Leader. “We contacted a national shipping logistics company for help, and they told us we would have to find pallets, transport the boxes to a business location, load the boxes on the truck ourselves, and that it would cost several hundred dollars.”

That's where OnTrac came in.

“I decided to call OnTrac, because I personally get many packages delivered by them, and they are always friendly, professional, and helpful,” states Wilson. “Plus I knew they worked in the West, where both our Troop and the Soles for Souls warehouse are located.”

“The customer service representative I called for prices and shipping options was very nice and asked if he could forward my information to another department at OnTrac that might be able to help us. In a very short time I heard back from Jessica Schembri from OnTrac's Marketing department. Incredibly, OnTrac offered to ship all of our shoes to the Soles for Souls warehouse at no charge!” Wilson exclaims.

“Jessica also helped us coordinate all the labeling and pickup of our boxes. In the end, the Brownies loaded up 15 large boxes with over 200 pairs of shoes,” Wilson remarks. “OnTrac made it so easy and convenient for us, and by covering the shipping charges, the Troop now has money left to do another service project!”

Brownie Troop 2870 is deeply grateful to everyone at OnTrac who helped make our charity shoe drive a huge success.

OnTrac was thrilled to be able to help and happy to have assisted Brownie Girl Scout Troop 2870 in their successful charitable efforts.

For more information on Soles for Souls organization, visit http://soles4souls.org/photos.

Girl Scouts - Soles 4 Souls

Topics: community involvement, Charity

Partnership with Colorado Rush Delivers Soccer Gear Around the World

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 4:24:00 PM

To some people, Donna Pettigrew is the woman in charge of the Events and Community Outreach Program for the Colorado Rush Soccer Club, a non-profit organization established to provide unparalleled personal growth.

She spends her days working to gather gently used soccer gear to send overseas, helping the less fortunate and instilling values into the Littleton youth.

To OnTrac's General Manager in Denver, Roy Yurt, she is an inspiration, a friend and someone worth lending a hand for.

"I worked with Donna a few years ago when the REACH program was sending soccer gear to Iraq," Yurt said. "This year, they are sending soccer gear to Africa. It’s a really great cause, and I’m happy to be a part of it."

Pettigrew started building the REACH program in 2003. After just one year, REACH was able to deliver soccer gear to 10 third-world countries and her cause aired on Good Morning America. REACH grew fast; it’s still growing and that’s due to the effort of Pettigrew and her team.

"I love pulling people together for a common cause," she said. "When we are building and improving relationships in other countries—and we are able to have all of our partners build relationships with each other, the job gets done and it gets done well."

OnTrac is proud to be a part of this noble effort. As a 100 percent for-charity effort, OnTrac has offered its vehicles to help Donna and REACH get gear from point A, being the Rush REACH facility storage in GarageTown, to point B—the US Navy. 

"OnTrac, and Roy, have always been there," Pettigrew said. "Anytime I call him and ask if he can help—we have an issue getting from point A to point B—he always steps up."

It is the vision, and the support of that vision, that enables the REACH program to remain successful. "Roy has always supported our efforts," Pettigrew said. "He believes in what we are doing, and he has proved it."

OnTrac is getting ready to do two more pickups of 80-100 boxes. We are proud to be able to support Pettigrew and the Colorado Rush in their endeavours.



About the program:
Rush Equipment Assisting Children (R.E.A.C.H.) is a program that collects used or unwanted soccer equipment from Rush and other community members to donate to underprivileged children throughout the world. From tsunami victims, to Russian orphans, to the children of war torn Iraq, all benefit from the generous donations of Rush soccer and its members.

The Colorado Rush is always looking for more donations, either through cash or slightly used soccer equipment. Visit http://www.coloradorush.com/index.php/reach.

Topics: OnTrac Ground, Charity, outreach, deliveries

Tua'one Drives for Charity

Posted on May 23, 2012 9:54:00 AM

Not many people can say they’ve participated in one of golf’s longest-drive contests—even fewer, it would seem, possess the ability to claim a world-wide ranking in the sport.

Ben Tua’one, Operations Manager for OnTrac in Salt Lake City, can do both.

Not only is he an active participant, but last year, Tua’one was ranked number two in the world for his 388 yard longest drive at the 2011 Remax World Long Drive Championship.

Ben Tua%27one

Though he started playing golf when he was 13, winning player of the year in the Utah Junior Golf Association, the sport hasn’t always been a constant for him.

“I didn’t play much after high school,” he said. “It wasn’t until I started caddying for my cousins, who eventually turned professional, that I really got back into it.”

Not long after that, his sister signed him up for the longest drive competition at the Diamond in the Desert Classic in 2009—an event he won, reaffirming his talent and reestablishing his love for the game.

He went on to record his longest drive of 468 yards at the 2010 Soderby International, and now spends his time helping people work on their game, while he improves his own. 

Tua’one’s skills were well received at the Festival of Roses Golf Tournament in Draper, Utah last week, an event in which OnTrac sponsored the Longest Drive Hole, and gave tournament participants the ability to donate money for the opportunity to have Tua’one drive the ball for them. 

“All of the participants in the tournament had an opportunity to use a drive from one of the world’s longest golf ball driving competitors,” Larry Hardie, OnTrac Salt Lake City Account Executive said.  “These drives were generally in the 360 to 400 yard range and would be equal to two or three strokes for the average golfer.  This demonstration received a lot of positive feedback from the tournament organizers and they have already asked him to come back next year.  With Ben’s participation, the golfing event created great awareness for OnTrac among the participants in the tournament.” 

All proceeds and donations raised were given to charity.

 “The OnTrac hole with Ben was a great addition to our golf tournament,” Golf Committee Chair, Paul Keyser said. “Everyone I spoke with raved about his tremendous drives and what a genuinely nice person he is. We would definitely welcome Ben back again and again."


Topics: Events, Charity, OnTrac Shipping

Delivering Smiles: Miracle Corners of the World and Henry Schein

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 10:03:00 AM


Oral hygiene isn’t something most of us have to think twice about. We know brushing our teeth is important—it’s something we’ve been doing since we were young.

This part of our routine is easy, and we live in a society that makes necessary tools like toothpaste and toothbrushes readily available.

But what about the areas that can’t afford electric tooth brushes and don’t have the option to choose from ten different flavors of toothpaste?

What about the kids who grow up without the education, or knowledge, of how important oral hygiene really is?

That’s where the Miracle Corners of the World, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower youth to become positive agents of change in their community, and Henry Schein, a worldwide distributor of medical, dental, and veterinary supplies and equipment, come in.

Their partnership has enabled children and adults in Africa to have access to oral healthcare, performed by trained professionals. 

And on Tuesday, April 3rd, MCW will host their 8th Annual Gala to honor individuals who embody their work.

Among the many speakers and recipients, MCW will recognize the successful installation of dental laboratory equipment at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) School of Dentistry in Tanzania.

OnTrac has the privilege of sponsoring MCW and Henry Schein at the Gala and supports their efforts to empower youth for positive change around the world.

In conjunction with their “Local Change through Global Exchange” philosophy, MCW has made it a point to achieve lasting oral health improvement, and with the support of over 30 dental laboratory manufacturers, they have been able to employ a necessary combination of resources and expertise.

Following their upgrade project at the MUHAS in Dar es Salaam, MCW teamed up again with Industry Partners to embark on a joint project that would re-equip the Dental Clinic at the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

The clinic was officially opened on March 13.


Topics: Charity, OnTrac Shipping, Miracle Corners of the World

OnTrac Delivers Hope

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 12:05:00 PM

On any other morning the slight breeze wouldn’t have mattered.

This is Arizona and even in the early morning hours residents appreciate the refreshing reminder that cooler weather is on the way.

But on this day, it was a little different.

November 1 marked the kickoff of KNIX and St. Vincent de Paul’s Million Can Crusade—an effort that invited customers at over 100 Safeway stores to donate nonperishable food items to the needy during the holiday season.

Vendors started arriving around 4am— radio DJ’s set up their booth, news stations unpacked their cameras, OnTrac pitched its tent, and the regulars made their coffee runs.

But there was another new sight off in the distance.

KNIX's Barrel Boy

Silhouetted against a brilliant backdrop of purples and oranges was a man standing in the grated basket of a crane.

Hoisted ten stories above the ground, KNIX’s “Barrel Boy” gripped the rail of the basket and made his best effort not to move.

This would be his spot until KNIX and St. Vincent de Paul raised 10,000 cans.

As he stood there, looking out over the city, the combined efforts of local customers, and country music singers Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Dierks Bentley donation of 4,000 cans, Barrel Boy was down before noon.

That’s when OnTrac really got involved.

We worked with 11 Safeway Stores this year to pickup and deliver 84 boxes full of supplies to the St. Vincent de Paul facility on December 21, free of charge.

OnTrac delivers donations to St. Vincent de Paul

“Although I know it was more, helping just one family is worth the effort,” David Forward, General Manager of the Phoenix Facility, said. “We realize that the small efforts we put forth goes farther than we can imagine for people in need. Both the driver and I have enjoyed being of service to Saint Vincent de Paul.”

The OnTrac sponsored boxes have made their way to several businesses and schools, and Saint Vincent de Paul continues to reuse them for various food drives.

“For me it serves as a reminder of the generous support the OnTrac family has provided to St Vincent de Paul, and especially the people we serve,” Jamie Bethune, Drive Coordinator, said.

Topics: Holidays, Charity, OnTrac Shipping, OnTrac