Truckload Carriers Association Receives Appreciation Award For Spreading Recognition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Project


Alexandria, Virginia:

Last night, at a reception held prior to the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) was presented with the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Appreciation Award.

Bruce Ward, founder and president of Choose Outdoors, the non-profit organization that oversees the tree, bestowed the honor for TCA’s continuing support that has led to widespread recognition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

According to Ward, “TCA’s enthusiasm for this nearly 50-year American tradition has helped us elevate the importance of the trucking industry in a very high-profile project that focuses on the importance of our national forests and the Christmas spirit.”

“Because of TCA, we now have increased support by many sectors of the trucking industry, including Kenworth Trucks, Hale Trailers, SkyBitz tracking, Eaton Transmissions, Meritor, Land Line, Permit Wizard, and so many more,” he said.

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Transportation Group, Findlay, Ohio, and a co-chair of TCA’s Communications & Image Policy Committee, accepted the award. She was accompanied by committee member Brenda Dittmer, vice president of Weinrich Truck Line Inc. of Hinton, Iowa, and by TCA staff members John Lyboldt, Debbie Sparks, Marli Hall, and Ron Goode.

Today, Brumbaugh, Dittmer, and the TCA staff will be participating in a full day of tree-related activities: a breakfast hosted by the Idaho State Society, a U.S. Forest Service Chief’s reception, the actual tree lighting, and finally a Congressional reception with U.S. Senator from Idaho Mike Crapo.

Over the years, TCA has done many things to promote the transportation of “The People’s Tree” from its originating forest to its final destination on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Previous initiatives have included hosting “whistle stops” at high-profile public venues like a Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans football game and sponsoring the post-tree-lighting reception. It has also worked with the state trucking associations of Minnesota, Alaska, and Idaho when that year’s tree originated from their state.

The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. At 5 p.m. ET tonight, it will be lit by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, with Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, serving as master of ceremonies. After tonight, the tree will be lit from dusk until 11 p.m. each evening throughout the holiday season. The full display includes smaller companion trees and 6,000 ornaments made by schoolchildren from Idaho.

For pictures depicting the journey of the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree and how it was hauled across country, visit For further information on TCA and its activities, please visit and follow the organization on Facebook——and Twitter—

View photos from Monday and Tuesday’s events.