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Ronald McDonald House to host “Pullin’ for the House” event

By MALCOLM WALTON, Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State will host "Pullin' for the House" in September to raise money for sick children and their families.

Teams of 25 will compete to see who can pull a 127,000-pound 757 airplane the farthest in the fastest amount of time. The airplane will be loaned by FedEx.

The event will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at Huntington Tri-State Airport.

Beckie McKinley, marketing director of the Huntington Tri-State Airport, said the company is looking forward to assisting the Ronald McDonald House.

"The Ronald McDonald House provides a wonderful service to our Tri-State community," McKinley said. "And we're proud to partner with them to raise money for their mission to keep families together during a child's hospital treatment."

Jaye Toler, director of development for the Ronald McDonald House, said the organization decided to host the event after experiencing a temporary funding loss.

"After the funding loss, we were trying to get creative and come up with a new fundraiser idea," Toler said. "Philadelphia and Augusta Ronald McDonald Houses both host a plane pull, and we thought it looked really fun. We were looking for something that the whole family could enjoy. This seemed to fit the ticket. While children can't participate in the pull, they can come and cheer on the pullers. We'll have other activities for them, as well."

Individuals must be 18 or older to sign up for the event.

A registration form is still being finalized. Contact Toler at