Community Commitment

Lester R Summers, Inc. has been located in the Ephrata area for all of its 70 years of business. Many of the family members live in the Ephrata Area. The Company and the owners are well respected and known for their philanthropy within the community. Summers Trucking is a valuable local employer and the owners strongly believe in giving back to the organizations that make Ephrata a great place to live and do business.

 

In the past, the company and its employees have held food drives for the Ephrata Area Social Services, as well as blood drives for the Central Pennsylvania Blood bank. While the company is a regular supporter of the Ephrata Community Hospital, Ephrata Area Rehabilitation Services, local fire departments, schools, and many other service organizations, they remain very dedicated to the spotlighted organizations below, which are near and dear to them.

Ephrata Rec Center

Ephrata Rec Center

 

Over the years, the company and its owners have provided leadership assistance, sponsored fundraising events and financial support to this very important community program. J. Harold Summers and Rebecca Summers have served on the Board of Directors. Lester R. Summers, Inc., along with the owners, remains huge supporters of the Ephrata Recreation Center and continues to rally for its success.

 

The Ephrata Recreation Center was founded in 1951, as a not-for-profit corporation to provide recreational services at a reasonable cost. For the first 27 years the Center occupied an old Amory on Cloister Avenue, and in 1978 it moved to its present location.

 

The funds to construct the Center were provided through contributions from generous citizens, businesses, and charitable foundations throughout the Ephrata area. The Ephrata Recreation Center today, is now a 65,000 square foot facility. The 65,000 square foot Center is governed by a Board of Directors and employs a professional staff that offers over 100 guaranteed programs, for every conceivable age, gender, and interest group serving 11,000 plus participants.

DJD Fight on Foundation

Lester R. Summers is also a regular donor to the DJD Fight on Foundation. The foundation was formed by the family and friends of Derrick Dull. Derrick was a personal friend, who lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 23. Ken Summers and his son, Michael Summers, both serve as foundation board members. The organization, through various fundraisers, provides assistance to adult cancer patients and their families to help them through the financial burdens that arise when battling cancer.

 

The Company provides sponsorship donations for the annual DJD Fight On Annual Golf Tournament, 5K Run and their other fundraising events.

Make-A-Wish

MAKEAWISHSummers Trucking is also a proud supporter of the Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley. Each year the company sponsors multiple drivers with financial donations and the use of company equipment. The drivers spend hours cleaning and polishing their trucks to ready them for this special event. Our drivers rally the community for additional donations and give of their personal time to help make this a successful, fun filled day for very special children. Guaranteed, you will shed a tear if you ever have the opportunity to witness this labor of love!

 

philasv.wish.org In 1990, a young man named Matt (right) requested a wish to ride in an 18 wheeler and speak to his sister on a CB radio. Over forty trucks and drivers showed up to grant the wish and the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy was conceived. For the past 26 years, the event has been held on Mother’s Day in Lancaster, PA. Over the years the number of trucks has grown to almost 400 with over 100 wish children as passengers riding each year. The event draws approximately 5,000 people that come to see the trucks, attend an auction, play games and enjoy delicious local food. Each year the local Foundation organizes a truck convoy on Mother’s day.

 

In 2003 & 2004 the Convoy set the Guinness World Record for “The World’s Longest Truck Convoy” with 391 trucks participating in the convoy! Participation in every convoy raises money to grant wishes, with millions of dollars raised so far. You can raise money as a driver, event sponsor, or show up the day of the convoy and enjoy the festivities!

Additional Support to Our Community

In addition to the organizations listed above, Summers Trucking is also a proud to support the following:

Ephrata Area School District Scholarship Fund
Ephrata Community Health Foundation
Ephrata Public Library
Memorial Park Association of Reamstown
Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center