In presentations on Sunday at The Fry Guy restaurant in Gorham, a truck convoy committee gave $11,000 in checks to benefit kids and youth programs.

The Trucking for Kids Convoy Committee, a group with members from the South Portland Lions Club, Thornton Heights Lions Club and Maine Professional Drivers Association, sponsored a truck-athon earlier this month to raise money for kids. Following a full course spaghetti dinner hosted by Rhonda Nicholson of Gorham on Sunday, the committee made three presentations with money generated in this year’s ninth annual drive.

Nicholson, a former executive director of the drivers association, and Kevin Battle of South Portland Lions Club and South Portland Police Department presented Joe Pappalardo a $6,000 check for Camp Sunshine. Since it began, the truck-athon has raised $30,000 for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

“They’ve been very supportive over the years,” Pappalardo said.

The convoy committee also gave $2,000 each to the South Portland and Scarborough police departments for “officer friendly” programs. Scarborough Fire Department also will get $500 and Gardiner Police Department $200.

The truck-athon convoy began and ended at Scarborough Downs after completing a loop on Oct. 2 around the Maine Mall. The convoy committee has a plaque for Scarborough Downs in appreciation for its help.

Dick Brown of South Portland, executive director of the professional truckers group, said 56 trucks participated in this year’s event. “Next year will be even better,” Brown said.

Nicholson and her husband, Glynn Nicholson, own The Fry Guy at 166 Narragansett St.

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