Our 2017 Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated in this 5th annual event!

Check back for the 2018 date!

Many thanks to our partner in this event:

Hollingshead Aviation/Smyrna Air Center
300 Doug Warpoole Rd

(adjacent to Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport)
Smyrna, TN 37167

Hearts Take Flight Pull-a-Plane Challenge is a fun, unique fundraising event benefiting The Arc Tennessee, a statewide non-profit of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The event pits teams in a tug-of-war against an airplane. Prizes are awarded for the fastest pull, the most enthusiastic team and the individual and team that raises the most money.

Free admission for spectators, free parking, open to the public. Music, dancing, fun kid activities and concessions.

NEW for 2017 - We were dumped!! Literally! What does that mean? Teams of 10 will be pulling a dump truck! Yes, a dump truck that weighs more than a Jetstream! Nissan won the Eagle Award for the fastest pull at 11:00 seconds!


The Alley on Main won the Pom Pom Award for the most enthusiastic team, who strategically pulled and pushed the dump truck!

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NEW for 2017 - Strong Man competition for lone men and women who think they can pull a King Air 350 the fastest! No lone man could pull it alone! Nissan team of two won the Strongman Award will a pull time of 11.15 seconds!

NEW for 2017 - Self-advocate competition of teams of 5 individuals with disabilities pulling a King Air 350. The City Auto Self-advocate team won the Glider Award for the fastest pull in this category of 10:15 seconds.

The Arc TN Board of Directors raised the most money and John Shouse, Board President was the highest fundraiser!

Kids had lots of activities to keep them busy!



plane pull

To learn more about The Arc Tennessee benefiting from this event, click the About Us link.

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