Truckin’ July 17 event raises over $10k for Assist the Officer

Ben Mize’s Ford Dually won Best of Show & ATO Choice

Yet another Assist the Officer fundraising traditions has been firmly established by a large group of diesel truck enthusiasts who admire Houston police officers and the support group known as Assist the Officer.

A July 17 car and truck show event raised over $10k – every penny going to ATO!

The event was not without plenty of excitement which included a double-trophy winner with a 2019 F450 Ford Dually pickup presented to Ben Mize.

Not only was Mize presented the Best of Show trophy, but he also got the nod as the ATO Choice. The judges representing ATO were HPOU President Doug Griffith, 2nd Vice President Tim Whitaker and ATO Board member Gabriela Gregory, recognized as one of the steadiest ATO fundraising coordinators.

Mize won among a total of about 75 entries. More importantly, the entrants contributed to the fundraising effort with raffles and bids on items such as sports memorabilia, a pistol, a shotgun, liquor baskets, truck accessories, vehicle detail kits and Houston Astros tickets.

Event coordinator Michael Gregory said he and his fellow promoters were thrilled with the crowd of up to 200 people, all of whom love diesel trucks and HPD officers.

Gregory virtually established the event as a new ATO fundraising tradition when he said, “We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.”

The fundraiser was promoted as “Truckin’ for a Cause,” and took place at Jackie’s Brickhouse at 1053 Marina Bay Drive. Gregory said, officially, the sponsor was the 1,700-member Dirty South Diesel Truck Club, which consists of diesel truck aficionados from across the nation.

The event slogan was “It’s our turn to be a hero for our heroes.”

It’s good news the truckers will be taking another turn in 2022.

Ben Mize and his great Ford pickup took away the event’s two top trophies – Best of Show and the ATO Favorite. The biggest coincidence happened when the model presenting the trophies, Kristen Powell, turned out to be none other than Mize’s fiancé!