The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Many readers will remember the Citgo FuelingGood contest OM entered a couple of years ago. Every day for I don’t know how long we cast our votes for OM in hopes of winning the grand prize: $5,000 in Citgo fuel cards. And win we did! I was fortunate to attend the award presentation somewhere-in-upstate-New York and accepted 50 (yes 50!) $100 fuel cards on OM’s behalf. The fuel cards sure came in handy on last year’s migration, and even helped cover fuel costs for a couple of my trips from Rhode Island to the OM office in Port Perry, Ontario.

Heather has used some of the Citgo cards as prizes in various drawings, and they boosted the value of two ginormous gift baskets we raffled at last year’s Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton, WI.

Now we’re out in Wisconsin to ready the training site and crew camp in anticipation of the arrival of this year’s “ultralight chicks”, and also to prepare for this year’s CraneFest. Heather hauled one of the travel pen trailers and I followed her, hauling “the Elk”, a large 5th wheel trailer that sleeps 4 crew members on migration. We made the trip without incident in about 16 hours of driving, with a stopover in Mendota, IL.

The 2 trucks were guzzling diesel so fast I could hear the Dodge slurping! Luckily we came across Citgo stations along the way and managed to cover a good part of our fuel expense using those cards.

Citgo, thank you for a gift that just keeps on giving; and Craniacs, thank YOU for your daily vote that helped us win this valuable prize and for your support each and every day! Let the 2015 Whooping Crane Season begin!


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  1. Bobbie June 15, 2015 7:49 pm

    I feel so honored to know all the special folks I have met here at OM/Migrating Cranes. Everyone is special and when there is a challenge, we rise up together as a team 🙂 Thank you to all of you for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. (piscesbobbie) Looking forward to the Class of 2015!

  2. Margie Tomlinson June 15, 2015 7:36 pm

    So glad for you for the winnings to help with gas for the trucks and hauling that “Elk”. Really anxiously waiting for the little Whoopers to get to flight training stage! Good luck with all you have to do.

  3. ffmn June 15, 2015 9:29 am

    Wonderful that the ‘peoples vote’ worked so well on OM behalf re Citgo Fuel cards! Just curious, cuz I forget’ What did we daily voters help Brooke get for OM? Maybe we can’t all help with the $$ often, but vote we can do and did. Wonderful organization, isn’t it folks?

    • Heather Ray June 15, 2015 6:17 pm

      The Eagle Rare Bourbon contest brought in $5000 for Brooke 🙂

  4. Joey June 15, 2015 7:58 am

    Excited is not the word I would use for this season! Can hardly wait for September.