Organizers of the 6th annual Touch-A-Truck event have decided to take the event into cyberspace and hold a Virtual Touch-A-Truck on June 27th. This year, vehicle operators, exhibitors, and sponsors will submit short videos of their operations to the organizers who will then post the collection at redlandstouchatruck.com for kids and families to view at their leisure. The presentations will be available to the public at no charge.
We appreciate the responses we’ve gotten from all who wanted to participate this year. We are looking forward to having an actual “Touch-A-Truck” next year on June 12, 2021! For those that have already submitted their forms, we will keep them on file and touch base with everyone once we know more. For those who have already purchased tickets, we will be sure to refund your payment in full upon request or honor those tickets for any future Touch-A-Truck event!
As in previous years, there will be a wide assortment of trucks and vehicles on display and, even though the machinery cannot be touched this year, the videos will prove to be entertaining and informative for children of all ages. Area non-profits and sponsors will also have videos informing the “attendees” who they are and what they do. There will be an Opportunity Drawing for many exciting prizes provided by the sponsors.
Also, as in previous years, any net proceeds over operating costs will be distributed to support the “Safety Around Water” program operated by the YMCA of the East Valley in the Redlands Unified School District, the Redlands Rotary Club Foundation, and the other non-profit partners of Touch-A-Truck.
People, businesses, and other organizations with interesting, specialized vehicles, and non-profit and for-profit organizations who have an interesting story to tell with or without vehicles are invited to submit video clips for consideration and inclusion in the Virtual Touch-A-Truck. Organizations who display vehicles and any non-profit may participate at no charge. All others may submit videos in exchange for a modest, tax-deductible donation. Please see the Touch-A-Truck website for instructions, terms of participation, and sponsorship opportunities
Touch-A-Truck is an affordable event, fit for the whole family. Come learn about the dozens of vehicles- emergency vehicles, transport vehicles, tow trucks, public health and safety trucks, buses and more- that will line the stadium parking lot! You’ll even get a chance to climb inside, honk the horns, and flash the lights! Plus, you’ll get to talk to the men and women who drive these amazing trucks and learn all about their jobs. Kids and even some adults can’t get enough of this chance to explore the vehicles that serve our community. There may even be some vehicles you’ve never seen before!
And besides trucks, there is so much more fun to be had! Be sure to check out the “Kid’s Zone,” featuring crafts, games and educational exhibits that the whole family can enjoy. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the many booths of businesses, organizations, governmental agencies, and clubs that are dedicated to improving the quality of life. Take a moment to learn about all that they do, and read up on their free books and public health and safety materials for you. And last but certainly not least, the event will be catered according to the theme…with Food Trucks of course!
The first hour and a half of the event will be designated as a “No Noise Ninety Minutes.” In consideration of our very young children or noise-sensitive attendees, the trucks will not be allowed to make any noise during this time. Additionally, to cultivate a family-friendly event, no alcohol will be advertised or sold, nor will the use of tobacco products be permitted at the venue.
For more information or any questions about participating in 2020 as a partner, sponsor, or vehicle provider, email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Club of Redlands, non-profit partners, and other benefactors distributed approximately 1,000 complimentary tickets to local schools and other organizations that serve children and families. Children aged three and under are admitted free of charge. Families with active duty military members will receive six free tickets.
Attendees can purchase tickets on the day of the event.
Touch-A-Truck 2018 🚌🚒🚑🚓🚚🚁 @redlands_tate Such a cool event, the volunteers and vendors were awesome, just every little kids dream!
Thank you for a great morning!!! Everything was perfect, the people were kind and the kids truly enjoyed getting to experience the trucks first hand! As we were leaving my daughter says, "firetrucks make me happy!"
Such a wonderful morning. Our 2-year old's favorite book is "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" so he instantly loved the bulldozer 🙂 Thanks, all, for the fun event!!!
Thanks again for another fun Touch A Truck event! My truck loving son had a blast!!!
Thanks for another great event!! So much fun. 🚛🚌🚒🚓🚁
It was great fun for the kids, and awesome that the Rotary Club coordinated this special event. Big Thanks to Edison and the Gas Co.!
My boys had a blast and can't wait till next year.. Thank you.
My daughter had a great time! Thank you for this amazing event!
My grandson LOVED this event. Thank you to all who made it possible.
I'm not sure who had more fun: the kids or the adults lol
This was Awesome, we enjoyed very much, my 3 years old daughter loved it... She still excited and talking about it... 👍👍👍👍
Thanks for putting this event on! My boys are still talking about it this morning! Great job!
For the attendees, the benefit of our TATE is that it is good, clean fun for the family at a very affordable price, a chance for kids to meet with a variety of people from all walks of life working in many different vocations, and an opportunity to see and learn new and exciting things.
This event helps us fulfill our mission to support local families and have a lot of fun while we do it! Furthermore, half of the funds remaining after expenses will be used to support the local and international public service and charitable activities of Rotary Club of Redlands, the Redlands Rotary Foundation, and any comparable entities affiliated with our non-profit partners. The other half will be given to the YMCA of the East Valley to help support their “Safety Around Water” (SAW) Program and bring this life-saving program to every 2nd-grade student in the Redlands Unified School District free of charge!
For the vehicle exhibitors, it is a chance to show everyone what they do, and “de-mystify” their activities and vocation for kids and the public at-large. Please download our Vehicle Commitment Form, fill it out, and email it back to us at “email@example.com” if you are interested in exhibiting your vehicle!
*There is no fee charged to those who bring a vehicle or vehicles to the event.
*In the great majority of instances, non-profits may participate without charge as well, and may also pre-sell tickets as a fundraiser or apply to become a partner and share any net proceeds which may be derived from this event. Sponsorships are available at many levels and are affordable for any business large or small. Those organizations who want to reach the primary demographic, families with children, are encouraged strongly to have a presence at this event as a sponsor or exhibitor or both.
(YMCA Drowning Prevention Program)
Half the proceeds raised by RCOR from this event will be directed to teaching every 2nd grader in the RUSD how to be safe around water. This is why:
Across the United States, drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children under 14 years of age. In California, 95 children died due to drowning and 239 non-fatal incidents occurred in the last year. Many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented with accessible education and a small amount of training.
YUSA Safety Around Water Program
To solve this crisis, the Y developed an evidence-based drowning prevention program known as Safety Around Water. Safety Around Water (SAW) brings basic survival skills to non-swimmers. These skills include: how to float, how to swim ten feet, and how to safely get out of dangerous situations. SAW also includes lessons on reducing risks around bodies of water.
YMCA of the East Valley Initial Program Results
The YMCA of the East Valley conducted two pilot programs in 2016-2017 and both two pilots produced tremendous results. Over 1,000 youth have participated in a S.A.W. program and over 96% have demonstrated that they can safely exit a potential drowning situation. One of these pilots was conducted in partnership with Redlands Unified School District. It involved all the 2nd graders at two elementary schools. The success of this program has encouraged us to involve all elementary schools in the future.
Program Implementation for 2017-2018
The pilot program this past year was successful and gave the YMCA a better perspective on scope of program and budgetary considerations. This program provides an effective program at a reasonable expense. It is our hope to provide this program to ten (of 16) elementary schools in 2017-2018 and then reach all sixteen schools in 2018-2019. The Y’s goal is for Safety Around Water to become an annual program and will impact thousands of youth each year. If successful, this will have a great impact on preventing accidental drownings in our community.
A session of lessons has a direct cost of approximately $20 per student (with transportation). RUSD has approximately 1,600 students in 2nd grade. Sessions can be taught at either the Redlands YMCA or the Highland YMCA. The total estimate cost to provide this program to local youth is $32,000.
Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children under 14 years of age. With proper instruction, drowning deaths and injuries can be prevented. The Y’s evidence-based program, Safety Around Water, makes water safety education accessible. The YMCA of the East Valley has successfully implemented this model across San Bernardino and Redlands. The YMCA seeks to implement a sustainable annual program that will eventually reach all youth in RUSD. The cost of the program is reasonable and the YMCA is seeking partnerships that will provide this annual program.
If you have an interesting or unique vehicle you believe our kids and families might enjoy, we invite you to bring it and be recognized as a “Tow Truck” sponsor. If our attendees are allowed to “touch it,” great! If not, we will still try to find a spot for you to show it off. No charge to you.
We want every child who wants to “Touch-A-Truck” to participate regardless of their ability to pay. If you would like to purchase tickets to be distributed in the community so they can be here, become a Benefactor and purchase tickets to be distributed by you or us so everyone who wants to gets through the gate. Buy one or one hundred tickets or more (non-profits pay half face value for 50 or more).
If you are a non-profit agency, there is an opportunity for your organization to share in certain proceeds generated by this event by becoming an Event Partner. In exchange for providing specific volunteer and sponsorship support, you will receive a portion of some proceeds of this event. Ask for details!
Your organization or agency may set up an information booth and table to distribute health and safety information, or hand out free gifts to the kids at no charge to you.
If you juggle, make balloon animals, perform close-up magic, or the like, and are willing to perform at this event for free, we won’t charge you to attend
If you are a non-profit entity, you may pre-purchase a minimum of 50 event tickets at one-half the face value, resell them at full face value, and keep the proceeds for your organization.
It is encouraged for sponsors, exhibitors, trucks, businesses, entertainers, etc to sign up early. Please preregister with Rotary Club of Redlands no later than May 20 so we know who you are and can get in touch with you with event updates and schedules. Exhibitors and displayed vehicle owners must provide the appropriate proof of insurance certification. Any proceeds from this event will be used to promote the local and global public service efforts of Rotary Club of Redlands and it’s non-profit partners. The Redlands Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.
This is a family event. Please, no advertising or use of alcohol or tobacco products on the premises. Service animals only.