In the fall of 2020 a group of individuals came together with the idea to put a non judged local truck show together to raise money & help cover treatment costs for a fellow driver in West Michigan who had been battling cancer for several years. The show was so well received within the community that what we had planned to be a “one and done” show, had several requests that it be continued the following year.
Great Lakes Pride & Shine was officially formed the following year with 5 active board members from the trucking community made up of mechanics, drivers, instructors, and salesmen and remains 100% volunteer based.
Unfortunately, the trucking community lost Luke “Cool Hand” Tanis who this event originally started for in February of 2022, but are blessed to have his family continue to come and support the event along with displaying Luke’s truck, “Miss Katie.”
Great Lakes Pride & Shine is a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to working with other organizations in West Michigan to make a positive impact within our community as well as shining a positive light on the trucking community.
Our 2023 Beneficiary:
On average 22 veterans commit suicide every day. That’s 22 too many. At 92 for 22 we are working to eliminate that statistic.
Our goal is to stand behind and fight for those who fought for us. If we don’t, who will?
How 92 For 22 Began:
92 For 22 originated in Michigan, April 2017 when a group of veterans decided to walk the White Pine Trail which runs 92 miles from Comstock Park to Cadillac, Michigan. The goal was to raise awareness of veteran suicide and the effects of PTS. A total of 11 veterans participated in the walk and raised $6,644. This money was donated to Help For Our Disabled Troops (HFODT) a 501c3 nonprofit organization that adapts homes for injured Veterans as well as helping with therapeutic accommodations.
How 92 For 22 Grew:
During this first 92 mile walk is where the idea grew to create our own nonprofit to help veterans in need with home accommodation assistance to improve the quality of life for combat related injuries. In March of 2018, we did just that. We then planned our Second Annual 92 Mile Walk for April of 2018. We raised over $9,000 in our second walk! In July of 2018, we were able to help one veteran get a car and another with all household appliances and beds so he could get back on his feet.
The Goals and Vision of 92 For 22:
The goal of 92 For 22 is to grow our organization to reach more veterans and continue to raise awareness that the average number of veterans that commit suicide each day is 22. By bringing awareness to the community about the struggles that veterans have, we hope to keep this subject top of mind. The Vision of 92 For 22 is to raise enough money to purchase property to build an environment that offers outdoor recreation and therapeutic experiences focused on helping veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their families.
If you are a veteran seeking assistance, or would like to nominate someone for accommodation, please fill out the form linked below.
How Can You Help?
1. Register your rig to be on display!
2. Become a Vendor!
Take advantage of our large crowds & fun environment to promote your products.
3. Make a Donation towards 92 For 22!
Proceeds go directly to 92 For 22 to their vision fund to buy property for veterans and their families to come to or directly help a veteran in need of assistance.
4. Purchase 92 For 22 apparel!
Again, proceeds from apparel purchases go directly to 92 For 22.
Friday – June 2nd
1pm – 8pm – Registration
9pm – Light Show
Saturday – June 3rd
9am – 12pm – Round 1 Raffle
11am – 2pm – Kids Events
12pm – 4pm – Round 2 Raffle
5pm – 9pm – Live Auction
9pm or following Auction – Light Show
Event will be located at:
M.C. Van Kampen Headquarters
5976 Clay Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Get in Touch
Please contact us if you have any questions, or would like to get involved!