VIDEO: Bus Pull Raises Funds For United Way

VIDEO: Bus Pull Raises Funds For United Way Click to Enlarge Photo:

Oct 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - A striking example of how small groups of people can accomplish big things - the United Way of Central Minnesota's 4th Annual "Bus Pull" was hosted this morning at New Flyer bus manufacturer.

Jessica Houle, United Way's Workplace Campaign Manager, says the goal of the fundraiser is see how quickly teams of up to 15 people can pull a roughly 35,000 pound bus, attached to a rope, a total of 60 feet.

Houle says in the past, the event only included teams of New Flyer employees competing against one another, but this year, the competition opened up to include neighboring businesses Anderson Trucking, Goldleaf Plastics, and Carlson.

"We planted the seed for people to be a little competitive and bring their game," Houle says. "Three other companies have never done this before, so I don't think they know what to expect, but they're pumped, it's a great team building event, and they're all coming together to do this for the United Way."

John Gromberg agrees. He's a manager at Goldleaf and says they were pleased when they were asked to get involved.

"One of our Opportunity Drive neighbors, New Flyer, reached out to us," Gromberg says. "And we love to get our team together to have fun for a good cause."

At the end of the morning, the winner by a few tenths of a second was the team from Anderson Trucking, who'll keep the traveling trophy until next year's contest.

The Bus Pull is part of New Flyer's weeklong 2013 United Way campaign. 

Check out the quick video snapshot of runner-up Goldleaf.

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