Annual Plane Pull worth the weight for these charitable givers

Mike Dougherty
May 05, 2018 - 10:24 am
The 10th annual Plane Pull tug-of-war fundraiser totaled more than $165,000 for Ronald McDonald House.

Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Teams of volunteers pulled way more than their weight for charity Saturday morning.

Thirty-six groups from throughout the region gathered at Philadelphia International Airport for the 10th annual Plane Pull tug-of-war fundraiser, totaling more than $165,000 to go toward Ronald McDonald House.

The money raised will help families of sick children who are receiving treatment at local hospitals.

CEO Susan Campbell said each team competed to pull an airplane as quickly as possible.

"The plane is 76,000 pounds. And teams are pulling the plane with a tug-of-war rope 50 feet [long>," she said.

But the highlight of strength contest for her was the purpose of  "everyone coming together to support our families," she added.

Chris Frusco and his team representing Allstate dragged the aircraft across the tarmac first, finishing in just under 13 seconds.

"At least I didn't get hurt, that's the first thing I was concerned about," he said. "Most people were afraid I would get hurt, but it was great for a great cause."