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Tractor/Truck pull to benefit one of Hoober’s own

This year’s event will raise money to help Jace Holloway, an infant born with spina bifida.

POCOMOKE, Md. -- On Saturday, August 24, Hoober, Inc. will host a tractor/truck pull at the Pocomoke Fairgrounds to raise money to assist Jace Holloway, an infant born with spina bifida on July 1. The Mid-Atlantic Pulling Association-sanctioned event will begin at 10 a.m. with the antique tractor class. Classic and open tractor classes will follow with pickup trucks starting at 5 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Over the years, the annual event has raised money for such organizations as The Fisher House at Dover Air Force Base, which provides services for families of military personnel who have lost their lives while serving their country, but this year’s pull strikes even closer to home for the agricultural equipment dealership.

Jace Holloway is the son of Hoober employee Scott Holloway and his wife Jessica. Scott Holloway works out of Hoober’s Pocomoke location. Spina bifida is a condition where the spinal column does not form completely, leaving the spinal cord exposed. Depending on the severity, spina bifida can lead to a range of lifelong disabilities from weakness to paralysis.

“Every year this is a special event and we’re always excited about the chance to help organizations and families in the areas we serve,” said Chuck Hoober of Hoober, Inc. “This year’s pull is even more personal for us because we’re helping one of our own. Hopefully we can raise some money to help Scott and Jessica with the significant medical expenses they’re facing.”

Jace was born at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and was immediately moved to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 24 hour care. A surgery less than a day later to close the hole in his back was followed by another surgery seven days later to place a shunt in order to relieve pressure on Jace’s brain. While the surgeries were successful doctors indicated that any nerve damage that occurred prior to the first surgery will be permanent.

“We are so thankful for the outpouring of support,” said Scott. “And needless to say we were thrilled when Hoober asked us to be the beneficiary of this year’s tractor pull. With the medical expenses that come with an extended stay in Philadelphia, along with travel, lodging and the monthly appointments leading up to Jace’s birth, the bills can be a bit overwhelming.”

“The pull always brings the community together for a really good time in support of a good cause,” said Mike Null, Hoober, Inc.’s Operations Assistant who leads operations across the Delmarva Peninsula. “The competition is fun and the competitors and the countless volunteers who help us out come away with the satisfaction of knowing they’re helping others. The fact that this year we can help support Scott, Jessica, Jace and their family means a lot.”