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Press Release: ITRHFM Survivor Fund Benefits Increased

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Chattanooga, TN – April 30, 2018 – At its winter meeting, the board of directors of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM), applied its financial stewardship formula and reset the death benefit of the Survivor Fund pending an additional moth of fundraising.  At the recent USAC/MD Golf Classic held in conjunction with the Florida Tow Show, it was announced that the board approved an increase in the death benefit paid to each approved application from $3,000 per incident to $5,000 per incident. If the deceased was employed by a company who was a member in good standing of the museum, or if the deceased was a member in good standing, the benefit increases to $7,500, up from $5,000.


"We are blessed with a healthy financial position provided by the generosity of our industry,” said Jeffrey Godwin, Survivor Fund Committee Co-Chairman.  “With an eye toward long term support of the industry, we implemented a formula a few years ago to drive our giving.  The result is one where the support of the Survivor Fund by our industry has allowed us to make a significant increase to the amount we are able to provide families going forward.”


The Survivor Fund is supported by individual operators, towing and road service companies of all sizes, motor clubs, industry suppliers and many more.  The pledge program for the Survivor Fund works to replenish funds paid out at the time of industry tragedies and provides stability allowing increases to the benefit by gaining support from contributions as simple as those where individuals and companies pledge as little as $5 per death.


“It is our hope that all companies across our industry will become members of the museum to preserve our history and to provide this meaningful protection for the families of their employees,” said Lee Roberts, Survivor Fund Committee Co-Chairman.


The Survivor Fund, founded in 2006 and managed by the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, was started to offer financial support to the families that have lost a loved one in the line of service within industry. Since 2006 the Survivor Fund has approved and paid out hundreds of claims to support families in their time of need due to tragic accidents.  The ITRHFM is working to build a perpetual fund while also supporting families as the fund is built.  Increases in benefits to families are made based on the fundraising of the Survivor Fund and the increased security of the Fund based on its investment health.




The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum hosts the Wall of the Fallen Memorial, the only one in the world for the towing industry. It was unveiled September 22, 2006. The museum is located at 3315 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN.  Learn more about the museum, the Survivor Fund and the Wall of the Fallen at www.towingmuseum.com.



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